Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Happy October!
It's that beautiful harvest season time of year, when the best flavors of fall meet the last hurrah of tender summer produce. Trees are bright with color and there's everything from squash and apples, to hardy greens and fresh herbs. It's the perfect time to gather around good food and celebrate!

At Growing Hope, we're ready to share some of that goodness with YOU. This month, there are so many ways to connect with Growing Hope and our friends in the community!

On Thursday, October 15th from 5:30-7:30pm, join us for our fun and informative Cooking The Harvest Workshop. We'll show you some delicious ways to cook up the best that the season has to offer! Cost is just $10 (register online, or bring cash or check to the workshop) Registration: Questions? Call 734-786-8401 or email

Then on Sunday, October 18th from 4-7pm, we'll be hosting our final Chefs in the Garden fundraising dinner event of 2015. Chef Brandon Johns of Grange Kitchen & Bar and Sweet Heather Anne will be wowing our guests with the most amazing dinner and exquisite desserts! This event is proudly sponsored by Whole Foods and tickets are advance purchase only! There's just a few left, so get yours TODAY.

Want to take home the freshest fall produce, local food, and fun crafts? Be sure to come visit us at our Farmers Markets! Outdoor market season runs through the end of October, and there's still tons of great things to eat. Come for the produce, stay for the smiling faces of your friends, neighbors, and our friendly vendors.

See you soon!



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Growing Hope's 7th Tour de Fresh garden bike tour is quickly approaching. The ride is scheduled for September 8th, from 5pm until 8pm, leaving from the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace (16 S. Washington St, Ypsilanti). 

Tour de Fresh is a group bike tour that highlights the local food system in the Ypsilanti community. Bikers see and learn about positive projects impacting the city including farmers markets, community gardens, urban micro-farms, local honey projects, home vegetable gardens and more. The tour focuses on how our community is creating sustainable food production opportunities and healthy food access in Ypsilanti. Growing Hope staff and volunteers lead the bike ride and community leaders will host the bikers at each site. 

This year's Featured Garden Sites include:
Cross Street Chickens 
Home Garden: Ginny Golembiwski 
Sweet Acres Farms 
Frog Island Community Garden 
Honey Bee Alley 
Cooperative Orchard (CORY) 
Carpe-Kirch Home Veggie Garden
Normal Park Community Garden 

This event is open to the public with a suggested registration fee on a sliding scale from $5 to $25. 2015 Growing Garden Members ride for free! 

Please register online:

Route information information coming soon!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

We have a number of positions-- full time, part time, paid, and volunteer-- currently posted!  Check them out here.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The menu for this Sunday's fundraising dinner event is here, and it looks super delicious! Get ready to go on a journey of culinary delight with chefs Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo of The Lunch Room! Got your tickets yet? Click here to purchase your tickets or call 734-786-8401. Tickets are advance purchase only for this delicious event. All proceeds benefit Growing Hope, and help us keep improving lives through gardening and healthy food access.


  • Wood-fired Za'atar-Spiced Naan bread served with a trio of: coriander chutney, fragrant tomato-onion relish & pineapple chutney.
  • Garden Vegetable Sushi served with wasabi, ponzu sauce & pickled ginger.

Soup & Salad:

  • Massaged Kale Salad with fruit, veggies & candied pecans
  • Garden Gazpacho, chilled heirloom tomato soup

Main course:

  • Ratatouille topped with tarragon-thyme tempeh (from The Brinery!) served with wild rice


  • Peach-Basil Crumble with Coconut Ice Cream and Caramel Drizzle!


Monday, August 3, 2015

Growing Hope is so excited to announce that our August Chefs in the Garden will be the very talented Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo of acclaimed local favorite, The Lunch Room!

Phillis and Joel have been delighting diners since 2010 as they demonstrate the breadth and versatility of plant-based whole foods. They use local and organic produce, make everything from scratch from fine ingredients, and emphasize environmental sustainability. The Lunch Room was voted Best New Business 2014 and Best Food Cart in 2012 (before opening as a restaurant) by Current Magazine Readers Choice, as well as receiving rave reviews in the Detroit Metro Times, MLive, and Ann Arbor News. 

We can't wait to see what they come up with, and we know it will deliciously showcase the best flavors of the season!

Tickets for this event, as well as our other two Chefs in the Garden fundraising dinners on September 27th and October 18th are available right now!

These popular events do sell out, so be sure to get yours today. Buy tickets for ALL THREE and save!

Monday, July 20, 2015

We are so grateful and excited for all the enthusiasm and support of YpsiTasty, the local food grub crawl! This event is now completely sold out and no tickets will be available for sale tomorrow. Thanks everyone for your excitement and support of this event. We look forward to seeing you at the crawl!

Huge thanks to all the participating restaurants:
Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery


B-24's Espresso Bar Eats and Entertainment
Bona Sera Cafe
Haab's Restaurant
Harvest Kitchen
Maiz Mexican Cantina Restaurant
Red Rock Downtown Barbecue and Craft Beer
Sidetrack Bar & Grill
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
Tap Room
Ugly Mug
The Wurst Bar
Tower Inn Cafe
Ypsilanti Downtown Farmer's Market
​Ypsilanti Food Co-op

and a very special thanks to the A2Y Chamber and all of our sponsors:


GROWING HOPE  |  922 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI  48197 | P.O. Box 980129, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 | Phone: 734-786-8401 |