Board of Directors Meeting • January 12-13, 2015
Ft. Myers, Florida
69th Annual Conference • April 8-11, 2015
Ft. Myers, Florida
National Association of Produce Market Managers
Founded in 1947, NAPMM strives to help market managers improve facilities and increase services while encouraging cooperation and exchange of ideas between members and partners.
Fall Regional Retail Meeting in Grand Rapids a Huge Success
Over twenty NAPMM retail members attended the Fall Regional Meeting hosted by the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. The LEED’s certified market exemplifies what is possible with community support. Market Executive Director, Mimi Fritz and her staff were great hosts and really showcased this magnificent structure. The vision of the City’s Grand Action Committee guided by the efforts of Ted Spitzer, Market Ventures and Hugh Boyd Architects resulted in this showcase example of a multi-faceted, food focused, shopping and teaching destination.
The market features a 3000 sq. ft. incubator kitchen, a 4000 sq. ft. rooftop greenhouse (which is a production, teaching and event space as well as an iconic symbol of the market), a demonstration kitchen with a 3700 sq. ft. event and banquet space as well as a 1900 sq. ft. teaching kitchen with multiple stations which feature adjustable counters and infrared cook tops as well as several meeting rooms and classroom spaces used by a local charter school , offices for Michigan State Extension and two restaurant spaces soon to be occupied. The entire complex including the adjacent sidewalks, is heated by a state of the art geothermal system.
The indoor 25,000 sq. ft. market space includes 24 year-round vendors, a recycling center, green walls and some of the best smoked salmon in the world. The vendors are an eclectic mix of local sourced food products and sustainable farm raised meat and fish vendors. The vendors have done a great job at personalizing their spaces while still holding to the design standards of the facility. The market also includes 20 outdoor covered farmer stalls.
Market staff provided participants with a behind the scenes tour of the facility and also discussed the operations and finance in detail. Presentations by vendors and Board members gave attendees different prospective on the operation and mission. Friday night included a cooking challenge in the teaching kitchen and a taste of the local craft beers and wines.
On Saturday the group visited another older outdoor farmers market that has recently been renovated through a concerted community effort.
Grand Rapids is a beautiful city and should be proud of all that has been accomplished in recent years. On behalf of NAPMM, thanks for sharing your city and this market with us!
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69th Annual Conference
The 69th Annual Conference is to be held in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Make your plans now to attend the 69th Annual Conference in sunny, South Florida!
Each year NAPMM organizes an annual conference which is hosted by one of our member markets from across the US and Canada and regional meetings that focus on specific topics with educational sessions, helping to keep our members up to date with the latest trends in the food industry. Our events are made possible through the support of our members, sponsors, and friends. Your sponsorship is critical to help us host a successful, informative event each year. We appreciate any level of support you can give!