The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO is the largest show of its kind in the country. It is held each year in early December at DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan State.
The Great Lakes EXPO, as it’s commonly known, was first held in December 2001 when the Michigan State Horticultural Society and the Michigan Vegetable Council combined their respective education and trade shows.
The EXPO offers an extensive education program on a range of topics pertinent to fruit and vegetable growers and farm marketers. There are also greenhouse sessions, since the Michigan Greenhouse Growers EXPO is held concurrently with the Great Lakes EXPO.
The trade show is huge, with 450 exhibitors featuring a wide array of products and services of interest to specialty crop growers and farm marketers. Over 4000 growers from various parts of the Michigan State and neighboring states visit the show to abreast themselves with new innovations and technologies in framing and marketing.
The show also features lectures with technical experts and extension scientists from leading state university on emerging problems faced by growers in focus crops.
Growers are also benefited by mentoring from technical experts. Nearly 4,000 registrations have been the made for the EXPO in December 2019.
In addition to the education program and trade show, the EXPO also offers a pre-conference bus tour for farm marketers.