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Southeast Michigan Farmers Market and Community-Supported Agriculture Guide

Looking for local fruits and veggies? Metro Parent's 2013 list covers farm fresh produce from farms to CSAs, from Detroit to Ann Arbor and beyond

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It's that time of year again! The spring, summer and fall farmers' markets are setting up shop in communities all across southeast Michigan. 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. Kids can learn oodles of lessons from these markets and farms, like where food comes from, how to make healthy food choices and the importance of shopping local. With family activities and entertainment to boot, there's something for everybody at these Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne County spots.

Farmers Markets

Ann Arbor Farmers' Market

A pretty little open-air market that's featured growers only since 1919, with more than 100 farmers and artisans, all set in the bustling heart of the Kerrytown District. Don't miss family fun night at the Wednesday, June 26 market!

  • Address: Kerrytown District, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
  • Schedule: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, May-December 2013; also 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5-Oct. 30, 2013; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, January-April 2014
  • Phone: 734-794-6255

Auburn Hills Farmers' Market

The annual farmers' market, located behind Duffy's Pub in downtown Auburn Hills, has quality Michigan vendors selling locally grown produce. Plus, find flowers, baked goods and more at this spot.

  • Address: Southeast corner of Squirrel and Auburn roads (behind Duffy's Pub), Auburn Hills
  • Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, May 30-Oct. 10, 2013
  • Phone: 248-504-8102

Beaumont Hospital Farmers' Market

Although it's at the hospital, this market is open to the public. Head to the market with your family to find fresh produce for your summer and fall meals. Offers a variety of Michigan-grown produce, soaps, aromatherapy, baked goods, dog treats and kettle popcorn. And, there's free public parking, so don't worry about feeding the meter! Note: Market will be closed on July 4.

  • Address: 3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Schedule: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, June 13-Oct. 3, 2013
  • Phone: 248-898-3031

Beets, Beats and Eats Farmers' Market in Ortonville

The "unconventional" farmers' market, as it's called, returns for its eighth season. Celebrate the start of the weekend by shopping for fresh, locally grown produce and listening to music. Each week, check out the dinner vendors for an affordable meal.

  • Address: Crossman Park, 395 Mill St., Ortonville
  • Schedule: 6-9 p.m. Fridays, June 14-Aug. 30, 2013
  • Phone: 248-240-0907

Birmingham Farmers' Market

Organics are among the choices at this Oakland County market, which extended its hours this year. Browse more than 70 booths for locally and regionally grown produce, garden plants and flowers, fresh-prepared foods, handcrafted items and more. Take the kids to check out the Kids Zone for arts and crafts, too.

  • Address: Public Parking Lot No. 6 on North Old Woodward Avenue, north of Harmon Street, Birmingham
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, May 5-Oct. 20, 2013
  • Phone: 248-530-1200

Canton Farmers' Market

Michigan-grown produce (asparagus, spinach and rhubarb), plants, flowers, coffee, fish and even soaps are among the goodies you can buy at this market. While you're there, take a tour of some of the historic buildings at the park, too. Note: Market will be closed on July 7.

  • Address: Preservation Park, 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, May 19-Oct. 20, 2013
  • Phone: 734-394-5375

Chelsea Farmers' Market

"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.

  • Address: 120 Park St. (next to the Purple Rose Theatre Company), Downtown Chelsea
  • Schedule: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May 4-Oct. 26, 2013
  • Phone: 607-664-6333

 

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