EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A site once used as a tire dump in mid-Michigan now is a farmers market following years of work by a community, the state and federal officials.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development arm says a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week for the Barryton Farmers Market in Mecosta County.
In 2009, USDA Rural Development provided a $15,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant to study the feasibility of removing the dump and creating an outdoor recreation area on the site. The agency provided a $40,000 grant and a $60,000 loan to help finance the project.
The state of Michigan helped cover the cost of tire disposal as well as a trail, fishing pier and other recreational improvements.