Friday, October 2, 2009

Farmer's Markets around Metro Detroit

Have you visited a Farmer's Market this year? You can find many wonderful Farmer's Markets around the Macomb area with great products to offer at harvest time. Check one out this weekend - they're a great way to get fresh produce at fair prices while supporting Michigan growers!

Detroit's Historic Eastern Market
2934 Russell St. in Detroit
Hours: 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, year-round
Detroit Eastern Market has it all. Street performers, a calendar photo contest, and farmers from Michigan, Ohio and Canada selling produce, breads, baked goods, jellies, jams, honey, apple cider, cheeses, spices, herbs, plants and flowers every Saturday, all year round. If you like flowers, don't miss 15-acres of prime annuals, perennials, foliage, shrubbery, trees, exotics, tropical plants, flats, hanging baskets and more on Flower Day, May 17. Help preserve the history and splendor of the market by taking a walking tour offered every Saturday for $10 at 10 a.m., May-September. If biking is more your style, guided cycling tours are available. Each month the best recipes, customers, and vendors are recognized, so get out and participate in the community this year.

Downtown Rochester Farmers' Market
Corner of East Third and Water streets, one block east of Main Street
248-656-0060 (DDA);
Hours: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 2-Oct. 24
Develop a green thumb at this market with the help of a master gardener, available each Saturday to answer home gardening questions. Enjoy free parking, fresh produce, beautiful flowers and scrumptious homemade goods.

Mount Clemens Farmers Market
Parking lot on North River Road between I-94 and North Gratiot Avenue in Mount Clemens
Hours: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May-November
Purchase flavorful locally grown produce from area farmers, and get lively conversation in return. From the usual (corn, bedding flowers and pumpkins) to the rare (okra, Italian eggplant and honey-in-the-comb), your produce protests will be pacified.

Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 E. 11 Mile Road (two blocks east of Main Street) in Royal Oak
248-246-FARM (3276);
Hours: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 8-Dec. 20 (hours in other months vary slightly).
Find plants, produce, baked goods, eggs, dairy products, handicrafts, collectibles and antiques at this year-round market.

Shelby Township Farmers Market
49965 Van Dyke Ave Shelby Twp, MI 48317 (Historic Packard Proving Grounds)
(just South of 23 Mile Road on the East side of Van Dyke)
Hours: 9 am - 2 pm Saturdays, May - October
Biggby Coffee will arrive each week at 8 am to provide coffee and breakfast for all our vendors + our early bird shoppers. It's nice to grab a freshly roasted cup of coffee and stroll around the market on a Saturday morning.

Warren Farmers Market
In front of Warren Civic Center Library, 1 City Square in Warren
586-268-8400 (ask for Ken);
Hours: Noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sundays, May 3-October
"Buy Local, Buy Fresh, Straight from the Farmer!" Kicking-off its third year on May 3, this market offers an assortment of locally grown fresh produce. This is a great place to help our local economy and improve your health. Take note of monthly events, like Flower Day (May 18), Native American Day (July 6), the Summer Hoedown (Aug. 17), Red and Round: Apple and Tomato Fiesta (Sept. 14) and the Pumpkin Jamboree (Oct. 19).

You can find other Michigan Farmer's Markets and more in the original article: 'Locavore' Destinations by Natalie Hage-Hassan

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