Grannies Pound Cakes: A Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market Favorite

When friends and family urged Patrice Davis, “You should sell these, they are delicious!” Patrice did not have being a farmers’ market vendor in mind. Patrice knew her baked goods were delicious. After all, her goal was to bake butter pound cakes like her Aunt Amy. Patrice experimented a while, tweaked the recipe, and although…

Ashley Hughes Chooses the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market as the First Home for Little Icy’s Luncheonette

Icyphine, or Icy, was a farmer’s wife from Indiana who moved to Michigan’s thumb in the 1920s, and who loved to cook three times a day for everyone who worked on the farm. When Ashley Hughes was about nine, her family noticed her resemblance to her great grandmother Icy, and so “Little Icy” stuck. Ashley…

Meet John Jones, Jr. – The Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market Manager

John’s introduction to outdoor Detroit produce markets started not as a shopper or a vendor. John’s dad was in charge of security at Eastern Market, and about seven years ago, the security department was looking for some more workers. John figured, “Why not? It’s a job, right?” Over time, John came to love Eastern Market.…

Meet JeNiece Freeman-Holt GRDC’s Program Specialist

JeNiece Freeman-Holt comes to GRDC as a Program Specialist with some valuable hands-on experience. A Challenge Detroit Fellow, JeNiece worked with the marketing team for The Platform, the developer of the Obama building at Grand River and Lahser in Old Redford. In this position, JeNiece was able to use both the creative training she received…

Grandmont Rosedale’s Digimax: A Community Asset and a Match on Main Grant Recipient

With the help of Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC), Digimax Business Center at 18461 West McNichols, is one of the ten Grandmont Rosedale businesses that received the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Match on Main grant. This grant will enable Digimax to continue as a community hub for printing, copying, emailing, design, technology help, and the…

Meet Lauren Patterson, the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market New Market Manager

Lauren Patterson comes to our Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market with a great deal of market experience as well as a love of cooking – especially using in-season produce. Before becoming our Market Manager, Lauren was a fellow at Eastern Market, building relationships between local restaurants and farms in Southeast Michigan, helping to create a reciprocally…

Coming to the Heart of the Grandmont Rosedale Community: A New, Mixed-Use Development

Beginning with a feasibility study in 2017, followed by further community engagement opportunities that asked Grandmont Rosedale residents and business owners what they would like to see in their community, a theme emerged. Residents and small business owners love their community and they don’t want to leave. Once residents no longer wish to live in…

William Patterson, GRDC Summer Intern with Family Deep Roots in Grandmont Rosedale

The last several months have not turned out the way most people expected. GRDC’s summer intern William Patterson had to catch an unplanned flight from Nairobi, Kenya just a month into what he hoped would be a several month study of how environmental issues affect human health. William had finished an urban planning class, taken…

GRDC’s Commitment to Support Change and Healing

    Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) grieves with our community and nation over the senseless loss of life and repetitive occurrence of brutality against Black Americans. Grandmont Rosedale is a community of opportunity comprised of a diverse array of people. GRDC’s work is guided by the core values of community, collaboration, inclusion, integrity, innovation…