Southeast Michigan Farmers Market and Community-Supported Agriculture Guide
Looking for local fruits and veggies? Metro Parent's 2012 list covers farm fresh produce from farms to CSAs, from Detroit to Ann Arbor and beyond
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Get in on the locavore movement! Parents and kids around the region are discovering fresh produce and loads of other goodies at area farmers markets – as well as community-supported agriculture farms, or CSAs, which let you be a real part of the process. All this homegrown grub offers loads of benefits and lessons, from learning about where your food comes from to being healthier, often organic, choices. Check out these top "picks" in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties!
A pretty little open-air market that's featured growers only since 1919, featuring some 100 farmers and artisans, all set in the bustling heart of the Kerrytown District. Also find fun like kids' activities and market festivals – and don't forget that Arbor Fresh! Cookbook.
- Address: Kerrytown District, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
- Schedule: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, May 5-Dec. 30, 2012; also 4:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 2-Sept. 26, 2012; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 5-April 27, 2013
- Phone: 734-794-6255
Organics are among the choices at this Oakland County market, now celebrating its 10th year. Browse more than 70 booths for locally and regionally grown produce, garden plants and flowers, fresh-prepared foods, handcrafted items and more.
- Address: Public Parking Lot No. 6 on North Old Woodward Avenue, north of Harmon Street, Birmingham
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, May 6-Oct. 28, 2012
- Phone: 248-530-1200
Pesticide-free produce, Walled Lake-made granola and a Plymouth bakery goods are among the additions to this sixth annual. Chef Paul also returns to cook up yummy recipes. Be sure to swing by Market Book Exchange on June 3 or Aug. 19, too, and plenty of other events.
- Address: Preservation Park, 500 N. Ridge Road, Plymouth
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, May 13-Oct. 14, 2012
- Phone: 734-394-5375
"It's like a mini festival from May to October," organizers promise. Check out live entertainment every week from June to September and a Children's Booth second Saturdays. Of course, you'll also find oodles of local crops from Leelanau and Washtenaw counties – not to mention interesting selections like hardneck garlic and Fresh Baked Confidence granola. Watch for new canning demos this year, too!
- Address: 120 Park St. (next to the Purple Rose Theatre Company), Downtown Chelsea
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May 5-Oct. 27, 2012
- Phone: 734-216-8832
The summertime classic returns to Clawson, bringing its usual array of fruit and vegetables to a festive outdoor setting.
- Address: Clawson City Park, 1080 N. Custer Ave.
- Schedule: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, July 29-Sept. 30, 2012 (closed Sunday before Labor Day, on Sept. 2)
- Phone: 248-435-6500
Up to 40,000 folks flock to this big Detroit landmark – and no wonder! The old-school spot, which dates back to 1891, offers 250 produce and plant vendors. It's also chockfull of open-air stalls stocked with homemade jams, maple syrups and "the occasional goose or rabbit" – appealing to everyone from "toddlers to tycoons."
- Address: 2934 Russell St., Detroit
- Schedule: 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, year-round
- Phone: 313-833-9300