FLINT (WJRT) -
(06/18/14) - After close to a year of construction and renovations, the Flint Farmers Market is just about ready to welcome visitors to its new home in downtown Flint.
"It's here, it's here. A couple days away. Opening Saturday morning. We're ready," said Karianne Martus, marketing director, Flint Farmers' Market.
Safety inspections and finishing touches continue around the clock inside the old Flint Journal printing press building.
"They're sawing, they're cutting, they're putting up their signs and putting out their counters and bringing in their coolers, decorating, painting," Martus said.
More than 100 vendors are on board for the launch.
"Thompson Creek, we have Friends of the Market, Hill's Cheese here, and Hoffman's Chop Shop, which is our new meat market, just a huge variety," Martus said.
This new location is four times the size of the Market's old home on Robert T Longway. That extra space will allow vendors to provide more than 300 jobs - up from 125.
"That's the great part about this, is we really have an endless amount of room, especially when you count the outside, so it's great and it gives everybody a chance," Martus said.
Heading outside, the terrace is just about ready for diners, the pavilion is almost ready as well, and the market has been working with the city to make sure this whole area is accessible to traffic on Saturday morning.
"First Street will be open from Saginaw Street so people can come in and enter our parking lot. We'll have over 700 parking spaces between our giant lot here, which has more than our old lot, plus, we have two adjoining lots and then there's always the big flat lot," Martus said.
As far as opening day festivities, watch for a little bit of anything and everything.
"Country line dancing demonstrations, we have a mariachhi band, a ballet group, and we have a really exciting surprise happening at noon. We're ready to do it. We're going to be ready, eight o'clock Saturday morning," Martus said.
The Flint Farmers' Market will be open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday.