GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Shoppers will have an opportunity to sample products from 27 Michigan food and beverage companies at Kingma’s Market on April 9.
The event, dubbed “sample fest,” is free, and runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.
Participating businesses include Kind Crumbs, Green Wagon Farm, Traverse Bay Pizza Company, Nutcase Vegan Meats, and more.
“This is really a celebration of local,” said Kingma’s owner Alan Hartline.
Kingma’s Market, a century old local grocery known for its wall of treats, butcher counter and extensive selection of locally-made products, is located at 2225 Plainfield Ave. NE.
The Kingma family’s grocery business began in 1917, with its workers selling produce up and down streets in a horse-drawn wagon. The first store was opened in the 1930′s at a Division Avenue location before it moved to Grandville Avenue, a location at Chicago Drive and Godfrey Avenue SW, according to the ad for the business.
In the 1950s, the store moved to Kalamazoo and Boston SE, where it thrived for 47 years, before closing in 1999, five years after the current Plainfield Avenue location opened. Third-generation owners Ed Kingma, and his cousin, Bob Kingma, sold the business to Heartline, a former Spartan Stores executive, in 2015.
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