Rohani Foulkes and Kiki Louya are adding to the buzz in Corktown by opening up The Farmer’s Hand, a woman-owned artisanal pantry, market and kitchen. Foulkes was born and raised in Australia and Louya hails from Detroit’s Rosedale Park.

The space on Trumbull is set to open Sept. 30 and it will be Detroit’s first neighborhood platform dedicated to the sale of 100 percent locally grown and produced goods.

Foulkes and Louya were part of this past season’s Hatch Detroit contest and their space is sandwiched between the new ITADAKU, The Bearded Lady and the Hatch Detroit 2016 winners, Meta Physica.

The duo modeled The Farmer’s Hand off of Argus Farm Stop in Ann Arbor with community as their main focus. The Farmer’s Hand operates as part grocery store, part cafe and part year-round farmers market, housing products from local growers and producers.

Currently, The Farmer’s Hand is working with over 100 market partners and the list includes growers, producers and more. Many of the partners aren’t a far stop from the shop, such as Gus & Grey, Street Eatzz, Artesian Farms, Acre Farms, Detroit Card Company, Tiny Acres, Mindo Chocolates, Avalon, Sunnyside Farm, Sister Pie, Brother Nature Produce and more.  

Foulkes and Louya have created a business plan that allows growers and producers to sell their products at a fair price and connect with customers right in store. The duo also makes sure that growers and producers earn a living wage and are able to represent themselves strongly in the community through The Farmer’s Hand.

Those who shop at The Farmer’s hand can also feel like a part of the community exchange, since 70 cents of every dollar spent goes right back to community of Michigan farmers and producers.

The space is at 1701 Trumbull Ave. and you can learn more about their mission and plans here. Follow the team on Facebook and Instagram to stay current on all things fresh and local.

Be sure to stop in at the Grand Opening Party from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5

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