Established in 1860 and situated in the heart of the Midwest Fruit Belt, the Benton Harbor Fruit Market has served the community as a place for growers and buyers to do businesses. Once sprawled across downtown Benton Harbor, local government support and federal urban renewal funds helped to support the Market in moving to its present location on Territorial Road where hundreds of farming families and buyers used the Market each year.
During the growing season, there are nearly 100 commodities, many of which enter the Market in truckload quantities. There are also several cold storage units and offices for lease.
Buyers come because of its reputation for ripe and unique produce from a region long recognized for its agricultural products.
We primarily serve three different market segments:
- Local growers marketing their own fresh fruits and vegetables directly to buyers.
- Wholesalers offering a wide array of product form local, regional, and national suppliers.
- Local produce brokers, who consolidate premium quality produce, not available locally.
The Market office is now closed for the season. Trading will begin when product starts arriving this summer.
Board of Directors:
- President: Aaron Molter
- V.P., Chairman: David Peterson
- Treasurer: Phil Hosbein
- Secretary: Hillary Greenwood
- Laura Barden
- Tim Vergot
- Peter Yancich
- Fred Koenigshof
- Lee LaVanway