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.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
- 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.
Auburn Hills Farmers Market
- 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.
Beaumont Hospital Farmers Market
- 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.
Beets, Beats and Eats Farmers Market in Ortonville
- 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.
Birmingham Farmers Market
- 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.
Canton Farmers Market
- 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.
Chelsea Farmers Market
- 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.
Clawson Farmers Market
- 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.)
Cobblestone Farm Market
- 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.
Dearborn Farmers & Artisans Market
- 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.
Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market
- 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.
Dexter Farmers Market
- 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.
Dixboro Farmers Market
- 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.
Downtown Allen Park Farmers Market
- 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.
Downtown Rochester Farmers Market
- 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.
Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market
- 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.
Eastpointe-Roseville Farmers Market
- 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.
Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market
- 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.
Huron Valley Farmers Market
- 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!
Islandview Farmers Market
- Address: 7200 Mack Ave., southeast corner of East Grand Boulevard, Detroit
- Schedule: 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 4-Oct. 29, 2014
- Phone: 313-571-0937
The mission of this eastside Detroit market is to provide a wider variety of healthy and locally produced food to the community in an environment that fosters social and community connections – and supports entrepreneurial opportunities. Everything sold here is sure to be fresh, organic and grown in the D.
Lathrup Village Farmers Market
- Address: Municipal Complex, 27400 Southfield Road north of I-696, Lathrup Village
- Schedule: 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 4-Oct. 15, 2014
- Phone: 248-557-2600, ext. 224
Now in its fourth year, this market offers everything from honey, eggs and corn to breads, berries and sausage. Also keep an eye out for fun events like Fall Fest and Family Day, the dates of which are to be determined.
Lake Orion Farmers Market
- Address: 93 S. Anderson St., two blocks south of Flint Street near Children’s Park and the Orion Art Center, Lake Orion
- Schedule: 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 18-Oct. 22, 2014
- Phone: 248-693-9742
This open-air market is more than just produce. Offerings include organic eggs and meat, handcrafted pickles and even all-natural soaps and lotions. Best of all, most of the produce offered at the market is harvested 24 hours or less before its sold, so you know it will be fresh!
Lincoln Park Farmers Market
- Address: Municipal parking lot on Southfield Road between Fort Park and Lafayette Street, across from city hall, Lincoln Park
- Schedule: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, May 4-Oct. 26, 2014 (plus Sunday before Thanksgiving is the Holiday Market)
- Phone: 313-427-0443
This weekly outdoor market returns for its eighth season to provide local produce, flowers, plants and specialty foods like kettle corn, jams, maple syrup and dried herbs to the downriver community. There are also various events held throughout the season that are fun for both kids and adults.
Manchester Farmers Market
- Address: Adrian Street, off of Main Street, Manchester
- Schedule: 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, May 8-Oct. 9, 2014 (note: closes one hour early, at 7 p.m., in September and October)
- Phone: 734-428-7872
Located in the heart of Manchester, this farm and artisan market is sure to have what you’re looking for. Snag the freshest in-season produce and other goodies, all grown or made within 100 miles of the village.
Milford Farmers Market
- Address: Fifth Third Bank lot, 115 E. Liberty St., Milford (note: moves to South Side Park, next to Milford Fire Department, on Aug. 7, due to Milford Memories)
- Schedule: 3-8 p.m. Thursdays, May 8-Oct. 23, 2014 (note: closes at dusk in September and October)
- Phone: 248-496-7056
You’ll only find foods and creations by Michigan farmers and artisans here. This community market also offers activities for kids, like cooking demonstrations and other special events.
Mount Clemens Farmers Market
- Address: Parking lot at 141 N. River Road between I-94 and North Gratiot Avenue, Mount Clemens
- Schedule: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, May 3-Nov. 22, 2014
- Phone: 586-493-7600
At this open-air market, farm staples like corn, flowers and pumpkins are mixed with more unique treats like okra, Italian eggplants, raw honey-in-the-comb and more. Watch for local chefs and restaurants to share culinary tricks and tips on select Saturdays. There’s also plenty of fun events to choose from, like the Strawberry Social on June 21, or Family Day on July 19.
New Baltimore Farmers Market
- Address: Recreation Center, 50976 Washington St., between Main and Front streets, New Baltimore
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, June 29-Oct. 19, 2014
- Phone: 586-557-4841
This independent market, located in the heart of New Baltimore near Waterfront Park, offers a variety of locally grown fruits and veggies. Be sure to check out special events running throughout the season. There’s also free yoga in the park noon-1 p.m. Sundays June-September.
Northville Farmers Market
- Address: Corner of Seven Mile and Sheldon roads, downtown Northville
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays, May 1-Oct. 30, 2014
- Phone: 248-349-7640
There’s something for everyone at this Thursday market! You’ll find over 100 stalls selling wide varieties of flowers, herbs, produce, honey, homemade pasta, jams and even dog food. Plus, find “Chefs at the Market” 9-10 a.m. every third Thursday.
Northwest Detroit Farmers Market
- Address: 18445 Scarsdale St. (in the parking lot of the Rosedale Park Community House), Detroit
- Schedule: 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, June 5-Oct. 9, 2014
- Phone: 313-387-4732, ext. 103
Now in a new location, this ninth annual farmers market, run by the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, will continue to feature fresh fruits and veggies, meats, eggs, baked goods, teas, spices and more.
Novi Farmers Market
- Address: Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road, next to the Novi Public Library
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, June 28-Sept. 13, 2014
- Phone: 248-347-0400
This market returns with a new location and market day. Hosted this year by the Novi Parks and Recreation Department, here, you’ll find anything from fresh produce, plants and flowers to baked goods, crafts and works of art.
Oakland Avenue Farmers Market
- Address: 9354 Oakland Ave., Detroit
- Schedule: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 7-Oct. 25, 2014
- Phone: 313-649-7756
The vision of this small-scale community market is to provide healthy eating and cooking education to kids and teens. Not only is it a great place to pick up locally grown produce for the family, but you also can stop by for a class or two on anything from rain barrel workshops to food canning demonstrations.
Oakland County Market
- Address: 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
- Schedule: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, May-December 2014; 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, January-April 2015
- Phone: 248-858-5495
Operating since 1953, this 14-acre market welcomes more than 300,000 visitors annually and is open three days a week in summer/fall. Farmers from eight to 10 nearby counties personally bring their produce, fruit and flowers directly to the public. Don’t miss the nearby flea market for bargains aplenty.
Oxford Farmers Market
- Address: 15 N. Washington St., Oxford
- Schedule: 2-7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 11-Oct. 11, 2014
- Phone: 248-628-2543
The village of Oxford is again running its annual farmers market on Thursdays and Saturdays, where it offers a variety of delicious fruits and veggies. Bring the family to pick out some fresh, local produce together.
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Pittsfield Township Farmers’ Market
- Address: Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, June 5-Oct. 9, 2014
- Phone: 734-822-3152
This outdoor market offers a wide variety of specialty foods in addition to the farm-fresh produce. With approximately 30 vendors, you will find everything from artisan popcorn and salsas to olive oil and fresh bread. There are also plenty of fun activities for families, like live music concerts and kite-flying demos!
Plymouth Farmers Market
- Address: The Gathering, next to the Penn Theater on Penniman Avenue, downtown Plymouth
- Schedule: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 3-Oct. 25, 2014 (closed July 12 for Art in the Park and Sept. 6 for the Plymouth Community Fall Festival)
- Phone: 734-453-1540
Fresh produce, flowers, eggs, meats, poultry, baked goods, popcorn, salsa and barbecue sauce are just a few of the many offerings at this market. Not to mention, it’s a great place to bring the kids, as it’s just a short stroll from the popular Kellogg Park.
Redford Township Market at the Marquee Farmers Market
- Address: Marquee of Redford, 15145 Beech Daly Road, Redford Township
- Schedule: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, June 15-Sept. 28, 2014
- Phone: 313-387-2504
This outdoor market has everything from locally grown produce, plants and flowers to baked goods, art and specialty foods.
Romulus Farmers Market
- Address: Historical Park pavilion, 11147 Hunt St., Romulus
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, June 7-Oct. 25, 2014
- Phone: 734-942-7545
This market brings the community together with local growers and artisans, offering a variety of farm-fresh products. Hosts a special event every first Saturday of the month. There’s also a children’s activity table for kids to enjoy every week.
Royal Oak Farmers Market
- Address: 316 E. 11 Mile Road, two blocks east of Main Street, Royal Oak
- Schedule: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, year-round; plus 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays during summer for antiques, farm and specialty market, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during winter; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays year-round antique and collectible market
- Phone: 248-246-FARM (3276)
Many consider this market one of the best in southeast Michigan. Find a wide variety of fresh, locally produced fruits and veggies, as well as baked goods, eggs, dairy products, meats, herbs, bread and other goods. Be sure to catch the amazing flea market, too, packed with collectibles and antiques on Sundays.
Saline Saturday Farmers Market
- Address: Downtown, South Ann Arbor Street half a block south of Michigan Avenue, Saline
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May 3-Oct. 11, 2014
- Phone: 734-429-3518
This growers-only market has been providing locals with fresh foods since 2000. Find a wide variety of goods including eggs, coffee, plants and artisan crafts, too. Also, get tips from master gardeners from Michigan State University.
Saline Tuesday Farmers’ Market
- Address: Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, half a mile north of Michigan Avenue, Saline
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 3-Sept. 30, 2014
- Phone: 734-429-3518
Can’t make it to the Saline Saturday market? No worries! This weekday summer market, run by the same organizer and started in 2010, offers up a range of fresh produce and plenty of other stuff, too.
Saline Winter Farmers Market
- Address: Liberty School, 7265 Saline Ann Arbor Road, Saline
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Nov. 1, 2014-April 25, 2015
- Phone: 734-429-3518
Looking for farm fresh market goods during the winter too? Come pick them up at this indoor market. Run by the same organizer as the Saline Saturday market and the Saline Tuesday market, this spot hosts a variety of vendors each year.
Shelby Township Farmers Market
- Address: Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May 3-Oct. 25, 2014
- Phone: 586-943-5785
Celebrating its sixth year, this spot hosts a wide variety of farmers, crafters and artisans. Stop by for some unique treats, art and produce – they even have gluten-free goods. Also keep a look out for this year’s Harvest Festival, which will offer tons of kids’ activities (the date’s to be determined).
South Lyon Farmers Market
- Address: Corner of West Liberty Street and Pontiac Trail, South Lyon
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, May 3-Oct. 25, 2014
- Phone: 248-437-1735
This market is all about bringing together community and supporting local farmers and artisans. Participating vendors offer strictly locally grown, baked and crafted products, so every purchase goes back to the community.
Sowing Seeds Growing Futures Farmers Market in Detroit
- Address: 18950 Joy Road, Joy Road and Artesian Street, Detroit
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays, May 1-Oct. 28, 2014
- Phone: 313-581-7773, ext. 108
This Detroit spot, run by the Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation, is part of the group’s Youth and Family Program to prevent childhood obesity. Stop by and pick up some locally grown produce for a good cause. Bridge Cards and Double Up Food Bucks are both accepted.
Springfield Farmers Market
- Address: 12000 Davisburg Road, Davisburg
- Schedule: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, June 15-Sept. 28, 2014
- Phone: 248-249-1592
This fun-filled family market offers lots of fresh, local produce – plus tons of events for both kids and adults to enjoy. Come on opening day this season to take part in the vegetable and herb plant giveaway and more.
The Old Winery Farmers Market
- Address: 31505 Grand River Ave. at Orchard Lake Road, Farmington
- Schedule: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 1, 2014-April 25, 2015
- Contact: Email the Old Winery Farmers Market
When most markets are closed for the season, this one is just getting started! This indoor winter market has more than 30 vendors selling various plants, produce, baked goods, handmade crafts and art. Keep an eye out for children’s days, and be sure to grab a bite from the mobile Shimmy Shack.
Walled Lake Farmers Market
- Address: 1499 E. West Maple St., next to the fire station, Walled Lake
- Schedule: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, May 7-Oct. 29, 2014
- Phone: 248-624-4847
This weekly market has everything from flowers, organics and sweets to jewelry, bath products and birdhouses. Stop by throughout the summer and fall to see for yourself.
Warren Farmers Market
- Address: Warren Civic Square, Van Dyke Avenue north of 12 Mile Road, Warren
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, May 4-Oct. 26, 2014
- Phone: 586-268-8400
This annual outdoor market prides itself on being a family destination that’s fun for all ages. Located in the heart of Warren, the market has plenty of local options you can buy directly from the farmer. Check its website for special events all year.
Wayne Farmers Market
- Address: Goudy Park, behind city hall, 3355 S. Wayne Road, Wayne
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays, May 7-Oct. 29, 2014
- Phone: 734-786-8401
With over 25 vendors selling Michigan-made and Michigan-grown products, from fresh produce to homemade soap and candles, there are plenty of opportunities to support the Wayne community. The market also sits in a park that has a full playground and access to walking trails along the Rouge River, so it’s a great place to bring the kids. And there’s live music too!
Wayne State University Farmers Market in Detroit
- Address: Wayne State University campus, across from the Detroit Public Library and in front of Prentis Hall, 5201 Cass Ave., Detroit
- Schedule: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, June 4-Oct. 29, 2014
- Phone: 877-978-4636
Enjoy the cultural center of the city and see Wayne State’s campus, all while shopping for locally grown produce, herbs, flowers, honey and other farm and food products. Look for special events like cooking demonstrations and performances by Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. This spot accepts cash, Bridge Card, WIC Project FRESH and even Senior Project FRESH coupons.
Westland Farmers Market
- Address: Westland City Hall parking lot, 36601 Ford Road, Westland
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, June 5-Oct. 30, 2014
- Phone: 734-326-7222
This outdoor market provides a great opportunity for families looking to enjoy Michigan’s weather while supporting your local growers and artisans. Stop by to pick up some fresh, local produce and crafts.
West Park Farmers Market
- Address: Kercheval Street between Lakepointe and Beaconsfield streets, Grosse Pointe Park
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 24-Sept. 27, 2014
- Phone: 313-822-2812, ext. 202
Entering its 11th season, this laid-back community market lures in market-goers with its enticing mix of fresh food, fun activities, live entertainment and gift items. Vendors offer everything from fresh, certified organic and non-organic produce, cheeses and baked goods to children’s crafts and more.
Westside Farmers Market
- Address: Parking lot at 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, June 5-Sept. 25, 2014
- Phone: 269-370-7029
With 30-40 vendors to choose from at this market, you can take home your choice of local produce, fresh herbs, home-baked pies, Michigan-farmed shrimp, eggs, cider, artisan cheeses and much more. Be sure to check the calendar for changing weekly events.
Whitmore Lake Farm & Artisan Market
- Address: 75 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake
- Schedule: 2-7 p.m. Thursdays, July 3-Sept. 25 2014
- Phone: 810-623-8131
In addition to the fresh fruit and vegetable vendors that sell locally grown products here, this seasonal open-air market provides arts and craft activities, live music, cooking demonstrations, flower arranging events and more. Look at its calendar for future event dates.
Wilson Barn Farmers Market
- Address: Wilson Barn, 29350 W. Chicago St., Livonia
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, June 21-Oct. 11, 2014
- Phone: 734-261-3602
Locally grown produce, honey, home-baked items and American-made crafts are just a few of the popular items you will find at this historic outdoor market. Check the barn’s website for regular events, too. Opening day features a petting zoo kids will love.
Wixom Farmers Market
- Address: Sibley Square Park, 48900 Pontiac Trail, Wixom
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, 3-8 p.m. on summer concert nights, June 5-Aug. 14, 2014
- Phone: 248-624-2850
This market offers Michigan flowers, fresh produce, salsas, birdhouses, art and more. There also will be kids crafts, special events and summer concerts. Check the market’s website for official event dates.
Wyandotte Farmers Market
- Address: Downtown, corner of Elm and First streets, Wyandotte
- Schedule: Noon-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 5-Oct. 2, 2014
- Phone: 734-720-1447
This open-air market, located in downtown Wyandotte, offers a wide array of locally made/grown produce, coffee, candles, herbs and more. Special events are held all season, like a visit from Farmer John and his Barnyard Express June 26 or Kids Activity Day July 24.
Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market
- Address: Historic Depot Town, Freighthouse Plaza, 100 Rice St., between East Cross Street and East Forest Avenue, Ypsilanti
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 3-Oct. 25 2014
- Phone: 734-786-8401
This year, in addition to the market held every Tuesday, Growing Hope, the market’s organizer, hosts on Saturdays too. Pick up anything from fresh produce and seedlings to artisan cheeses and baked goods.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) Farms
These farms grow, produce and distribute to various local farmers markets, stores and farms. Most have a $200-$400 fee for a plot or half a plot of land. You can even support the fresh produce market without getting your hands dirty: Most specify that work is not required, though it is encouraged!
- Address: Riley Township
- Schedule: mid-June-late September
- Phone: 810-488-3710
This small, family-owned and -operated farm and CSA is dedicated to fresh, organically grown, non-GMO vegetables and herbs, including many heirloom varieties.
- Address: 7900 Dixon Road, Monroe
- Schedule: Typically July-October
- Phones: 734-269-2958 or 734-777-2824
This family farm and CSA practices sustainable agriculture and offers 25 varieties of fresh cut herbs and 35 varieties of potted vegetable plants.
- Address: Campbell and Michigan avenues, Ann Arbor
- Schedule: Typically May-October
- Phone: 734-494-0260
This farm is a social enterprise, which provides transitional job training and empowerment opportunities for those returning from incarceration. Though not certified organic, this farm uses organic and sustainable farming practices.
- Address: 45144 W. Nine Mile Road, Novi
- Schedule: July-November
- Phone: 248-767-6356
This 45-acre family farm and CSA raises chickens, turkeys, black angus steers and hogs in a clean, chemical-free and open environment.
- Address: 7227 Arrowood Drive, West Bloomfield Township
- Schedule: Contact for details
- Phone: 248-760-8531
This small CSA grows vegetables using the bio-intensive method in a small plot setting.
- Address: 12800 Pfaus Road, Manchester
- Schedule: Mid-June-Nov. 1
- Phone: 734-428-9100
Following their motto “health from the farm, not the pharmacy,” this family CSA offers non-GMO, organically grown crops.
- Address: 10061 Pennington Road, Tecumseh
- Schedule: May-September
- Phone: 517-652-4493
Use of cover crops, crop rotation and heirloom seeds are just a few of the ways this CSA farms its crops sustainably. Prochaska Farms’ practices are considered naturally grown.
- Address: Sterling Heights, near Lakeside Mall
- Schedule: June-November; sometimes run longer
- Phone: 586-604-6974
With decades of family gardening experience, this CSA does the seeding, weeding, planting and harvesting for you.
- Address: 11333 Stony Creek Road, Milan
- Schedule: June-October
- Phone: 734-904-1433
This family farm and CSA abides by organic principles, growing its produce naturally without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Occasionally, you may receive a share of the farm’s pure-wild unprocessed honey.