Mission: Eastern market corporation ("emc") is a michigan non-profit corporation organized to combat community deterioration and to lessen the burdens of government in managing its public market that has served detroit since 1891. Emc operates the market under an agreement with the city of detroit, which still owns the facility. Emc has developed a capital improvement plan and is implementing a series of capital improvements to improve the market's ability to serve as a food center for detroit and as a catalyst for economic development. The stakeholders' vision for the eastern market ("em") district is to leverage the attraction and legacy of the em, to build a dynamic, diverse, and unique urban district, and to strengthen the identity of the em as a food-related district by enhancing the operations of the existing public market and by developing business opportunities for specialty food retailers, food wholesale operations, restaurants, food distributors, and food processors.
Programs: Public market activities: fees for the use of market facilities and lots, as well as shed stall leases to provide market vendors access to the public in a centralized location, including 52 saturday markets, numerous sunday and tuesday markets, and several private facility rentals
food access support program: community-based pop-up mobile market that improves access to fresh, healthy food and provides nutrition education