Southeast Michigan Farmers Market and Community-Supported Agriculture Guide
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The time has come for farmers markets big and small across southeast Michigan to pitch their tents and open shop for the season. These locally grown (and run) markets provide the perfect opportunities for parents and kids around the region to eat healthy and shop close to home, all while spending quality time as a family.
Whether you're casually browsing a market or harvesting veggies at a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm, these experiences can be much richer experiences than quickly swinging by a grocery store for the pre-packaged versions. Not only do kids learn valuable lessons about buying local and eating healthier; they also get to interact with the growers themselves – and discover a few awesome lessons at a variety special events and activities.
Of course, there are always a few things adults can learn from a trip to the local farmers market, too! There's a little something for everyone at these Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne county spots.
- Address: Kerrytown District, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
- Schedule: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, May 3-Dec. 31, 2014; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 3-April 25, 2015
- Phone: 734-794-6255
A well-loved gem, this 95-year open-air market – located in the bustling heart of the historic Kerrytown district – offers a diverse mix of more than 100 farmers, artisans and prepared food vendors. Want to see what it has to offer? Check its hashtag #whatsfreshatthemarket to get a glimpse ahead of time.
- Address: 3320 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills; located at the intersection of North Squirrel and Auburn roads (behind the Downtown Education Nook)
- Schedule: 2:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, June 6-Sept. 26, 2014
- Phone: 248-504-8102
This annual market, held weekly in downtown Auburn Hills, has several special events this year, starting with the market's grand opening on June 6. Find locally grown produce, flowers, baked goods and more.
- Address: 3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, June 12-Oct. 2, 2014
- Phone: 248-898-3031
The public market offers a diverse variety of Michigan-grown produce, soaps, aromatherapy, baked goods, dog treats and other specialty foods. Parking is free, so don't worry about feeding the meter. Note: Closed July 3.
- Address: Crossman Park, 395 Mill St., Ortonville
- Schedule: 6-9 p.m. Fridays, June 20-Sept. 5, 2014
- Phone: 248-240-0907
This music-filled market returns for its ninth season. Local musicians, artists and food vendors gather every Friday to share tasty tunes, fresh food and unique art with the community. Be sure not to miss the three Kids Night events held at the market this year, on June 20, July 25 and Sept. 5.
- 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 4-Oct. 19, 2014
- Phone: 248-530-1200
This weekend market features more than 70 vendors selling anything from local and organic flowers and produce to fresh prepared foods and handcrafted items. Enjoy live musical performances while you shop, and stop by the Kids Zone for fun, hands-on arts and crafts projects.
- Address: Preservation Park, 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, May 18-Oct. 19, 2014
- Phone: 734-394-5375
Michigan-grown produce, plants, flowers, coffee, fish and even soaps are among the goodies here. Bring your kids on opening day this year and they can plant a sunflower seed and take it home to plant in their own little garden! Note: Market will be closed on July 6.
- Address: 222 S. Main St. (in municipal lot adjacent to Palmer Auto), downtown Chelsea
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May 3-Oct. 25, 2014
- Phone: 607-664-6333
This local food market has been growing over the past few years – and recently expanded into a new location, on the other side of Main Street in the Palmer parking lot. New amenities include more places to sit and listen to live music, a kiosk for healthy food demos, several new vendors and more. Beginning in June, there will also be a kids' tent held once a month.
- Address: Clawson City Park, 1080 N. Custer Ave.
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, July 13-Sept. 28, 2014 (closed Labor Day weekend)
- Phone: 248-435-6500
This small summer market brings its usual array of local fruits and vegetables to a festive outdoor setting. Has a very family friendly atmosphere and live music to enjoy. (Note: A special pre-season Flower Day happens Sunday, May 18.)
- Address: Buhr Park, 2781 Packard Road, Ann Arbor
- Schedule: 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, May 20-Nov. 4, 2014
- Phone: 734-794-6230
Browse for local seeds, produce, wildflowers, eggs, honey, bread and more from over 29 vendors at a historic spot. This living farm museum is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with the kids. Look for weekly events, too, for adults and kids, from storytelling and drum circles to learning how to fix a bicycle.
- Address: Parking lot behind Bryant Branch Library, 22100 Michigan Ave. between Mason and Howard streets, Dearborn
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, May 30-Oct. 17, 2014 (closed July 4)
- Phone: 313-584-6100
With more than 30 carefully selected vendors, you're sure to find everything you need for a delicious summer meal in Dearborn. In addition to the food vendors selling fresh, local produce and specialty foods, you will also find art, fine jewelry, soaps, furniture and more.
- Address: 2934 Russell St., Detroit
- Schedule: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, year-round; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, June 17-Oct. 28, 2014
- Phone: 313-833-9300
This popular Detroit landmark, which dates back to 1891, offers 250 produce and plant vendors – and is open all year-round on Saturdays! Stroll through its open-air stalls and find anything from homemade jams, maple syrups and honey to fresh baked goods, edible flowers and other unusual produce. Watch for special Sunday events, too.
- Address: 3233 Alpine St. (adjacent to Dexter District Library), downtown Dexter
- Schedule: 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 3-Oct. 25, 2014
- Phone: 734-426-8303
This Washtenaw spot, now in its ninth season, offers two market times per week. Find a cornucopia of plants, veggies, fruit, holistic candles, organic herbs, jewelry and more. Plus watch for kids' craft activities.
- Address: 5221 Church Road, Ann Arbor
- Schedule: 3:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays, May 30-Oct. 24, 2014
- Phone: 734-707-1607
Located alongside a historic one-room schoolhouse, this market offers a variety of local fruits and veggies and unique gifts and jewelry from area vendors. Come by the market and hear the music of the Vintage Strings of Michigan, an eclectic band of passionate musicians, as you shop for homemade goodies.
- Address: Parking lot on Park Avenue between Harrison and McLain avenues, Allen Park
- Schedule: 2-7 p.m. Fridays, June 5-Oct. 31 (note: time switches to 1-6 p.m. Sept. 5-Oct. 31), 2014
- Phone: 313-928-0940
Come for farm-fresh produce, homemade baked goods and handcrafted items; stay for live entertainment, children's activities and fun for the whole family! Fruits and veggies make up a large portion of the market, but various meats, dairy, crafts and other non-food items are also for sale every Friday.
- Address: Corner of East Third and Water streets, one block east of Main Street, downtown Rochester
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 3-Oct. 25, 2014
- Phone: 248-656-0060
Celebrating its 15th season, this community favorite is a great spot to enjoy the flavors, colors and aromas of the southeast Michigan's growing season. More than 30 vendors set up shop every Saturday to provide folks with farm-fresh produce, specialty goods and flowers. Check the market's website for info on the weekly special events.
- Address: Key Bank Building at North Hamilton Street and Michigan Avenue, downtown Ypsilanti
- Schedule: 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 6-Oct. 28, 2014; inside winter market location to be announced
- Phone: 734-786-8401
In its ninth consecutive season, this market returns in full force to boost local citizens' access to fresh food. The city block is full on both sides with over 40 vendors, so be sure to visit for plenty of produce, seedlings, baked goods, crafts and more.
- Address: East Brook Commons parking lot, corner of Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May 24-Sept. 27, 2014
- Phone: 586-776-5520
This Macomb County market offers the community a place to shop for fresh and locally grown produce, baked goods, jams, flowers and more during the summer and fall. Bring the kids for a fun day out.
- Address: Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park, Grand River Avenue at Grove Street, Farmington
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May 17-Nov. 8, 2014
- Phone: 248-473-7276
This vibrant marketplace, located in Farmington's city center, boasts a large variety of locally grown flowers, seasonal fruits and veggies, baked goods, fresh coffee, unique artisan crafts and more. New this year is wine samplings and sales from boutique Michigan wineries.
- Address: 305 N. John St., Highland Township
- Schedule: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May 3-Oct. 4, 2014
- Phone: 248-676-8390
Formerly known as the White Lake Farmers Market, this family-friendly market has a mission to deliver homemade and homegrown products to the Huron Valley area and beyond. Find everything from soaps, glass art, pottery and lip balms to meats, baked goods and fresh fruits and veggies – all produced locally!