By Akshita Verma
Ingham County Chronicle
A total of $190,038 in federal land grants will help the Michigan Farmers Market Association and Allen Neighborhood Group expand both size of the market and access to local farmers, according to U.S. Sen Debbie Stabenow’s office.
The grants, announced Sept. 30, come from the 2014 Farm Bill signed into law by President Obama.
“The reactions have been pretty positive, and I think it is a positive thing,” said Lizy Ferguson, market manager of Allen Street Farmers Market.
Michigan Farmers Market Association will receive $99,660 and Allen Neighborhood Group will receive $90,378.
“The money will go toward promoting the indoor market,” said Ferguson.
The outdoor farmers market is open only until Oct. 22, but the indoor market will run year round, according to Ferguson.