In the May-October months, farmers markets in metro Detroit open shop for the season. These locally grown (and run) markets let parents and kids eat healthy and shop close to home, while spending quality family time together, too.
Whether you’re browsing a market or harvesting produce at a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm, these experiences can be much richer than hitting the grocery store. 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 of special events and activities.
When it comes to farmers markets, Detroit families are in luck. There’s something for everyone at these Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne county spots.
- Address: 7101 Park Ave., Allen Park
- Parking lot on Park Avenue between Harrison and McLain Avenue (across the street from Zeal Credit Union)
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Fridays June 1-Oct. 26, 2018
- Phone: 313-928-0940
Come for farm-fresh produce, homemade baked goods and handcrafted items, including honey, bread, specialty crafts and more. Stay tuned for special events, too, like Christmas in July, Touch a Truck in September, and a haunted market in October.
- Address: Kerrytown District, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays January-April 2018; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays May-December
- Phone: 734-794-6255
A well-loved gem, this 96-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. Check its hashtag #whatsfresh and visit Instagram to get a glimpse ahead of time.
- Address: Public Parking Lot No. 6 across from Booth Park, north of Harmon Street
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays May 6-Oct. 28, 2018
- Phone: 248-530-1200
This weekend market features more than 50 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 13-Oct. 14, 2018
- Phone: 734-394-5375
Michigan-grown produce, plants, flowers, coffee, cheeses and even soaps are among the goodies here. Plus, there’s a bouncer, craft/activity and an “I SPY” activity for kids. Plus, find live entertainment each week.
- Address: Chelsea State Bank parking lot on the corner of Old US 12 and M 52 (Wednesday Bushel Basket Market), Lower Library
- Lot along Park Street (Saturday Market), Chelsea
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays May-October 2018, 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays May-October 2018
- Phone: 734-474-6719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For over 20 years the Chelsea Farmers Market has brought high-quality food and artisan products to the community. Look for a variety of items for sale, including fresh produce, meat, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, eggs, prepared food and artisan crafts.
- Address: Clarkston Community Education Center, 6558 Walden Road, Clarkston
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays June 9-Oct. 13, 2018
- Phone: 248-505-6848
Find a variety of locally grown produce, Michigan-made produce, grass-fed beef, fresh breads, artisan jewelry, natural body care products, live music and more.
- Address: Clawson City Park, 1080 N. Custer Ave.
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays May 20-Sept. 23, 2018
- Phone: 248-435-6500
This small summer market brings its array of local fruits, vegetables and baked goods to a festive outdoor setting. Has a very family friendly atmosphere and live music to enjoy. (Note: A special pre-season Flower Day happens 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday May 20.)
- Address: Parking lot behind Bryant Branch Library, 22100 Michigan Ave., between Mason and Howard streets, Dearborn
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays June 1-Sept. 28, 2018 (closed July 6)
- 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 addition to vendors selling fresh produce and specialty foods, you’ll also find art, fine jewelry, soaps, furniture and more. Check out two new farms joining the market, too. The market accepts Double Up Food Bucks, Bridge cards, WIC and the Senior Project Fresh coupons.
- Address: 2934 Russell St., Detroit
- Schedule: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays year-round; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays June-September; 5-10 p.m. every third Thursday of the month, June-September
- Phone: 313-833-9300
When it comes to farmers markets in southeast Michigan, this Detroit landmark, which dates back to 1891, is an icon, offering more than 250 produce and plant vendors within its six blocks. Stroll through its open-air stalls a plethora of farm-fresh goodies, including produce, baked goods and more.
- Address: 3233 Alpine St. (adjacent to Dexter District Library), downtown Dexter
- Schedule: 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays May-October 2018
- Phone: 734-426-8303
This Washtenaw spot offers two market times per week. Find a cornucopia of plants, veggies, fruit, organic herbs, jewelry, soap and more. Plus watch for kids’ craft activities.
- Address: 5221 Church Road, Ann Arbor
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Fridays, May 25-Oct. 26, 2018 (closed July 6)
- Phone: 734-707-1607
Located alongside a historic one-room schoolhouse, this market offers a variety of local fruits and veggies. The market will have The Cheese People selling artisan hard and soft cheeses – something visitors highly requested in years past – as well as micro-greens from Polliwog Farm. Plus, there are kids activities every week sponsored by local organizations. Come by the market and hear the Vintage String Band, an eclectic band, as you shop. The Michigan Folk School will be performing various demos, too, like blacksmithing and soap making.
- Address: Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
- Schedule: 3-8 p.m. Thursdays June 28-Sept. 27, 2018
- Contact: 586-446-2700
Swing by this market to get fresh fruits and veggies, plus check out the new vendors. Find food trucks, live entertainment and an extended concert series going through August in 2018. Kids will want to stop by the kid’s corner for activities running 3-6:30 p.m. each market day. Bridge Cards and Double Up Food Bucks accepted as well as Senior Project FRESH.
- 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 12-October 2018
- Phone: 248-656-0060
Celebrating its 18th 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 Facebook page for the latest info on the weekly special events. EBT and Double Up Food Bucks accepted.
- 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 19-Oct. 27, 2018
- Phone: 248-473-7276
Celebrating its 25th year, this marketplace boasts a large variety of locally grown flowers and even jams, jellies, eggs, spices, sauces, seasonal fruits and veggies, fresh coffee and unique artisan crafts. Plus, the “Little Sprouts” kids corner has a fun activity for kids each week. Catch live entertainment, too. Reap the healthful benefits of the market’s partnership with Beaumont, which will be coming to the market each month offering various services like blood pressure screenings and a summer safety clinic.
- Address: 16 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti (Tuesdays); 100 Rice St., Ypsilanti (Saturdays)
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays (Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market) and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays (Depot Town Farmers Market) May 6-Oct. 28, 2018 (note: indoor winter hours: 3-7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month, January-April)
- Phone: 734-786-8401
For more than 15 years, this market has sold plenty of produce, seedlings, baked goods, crafts and more. The Saturday market has 30 vendors selling produce, meat, cheese and baked goods.
- Address: Municipal Complex, 27400 Southfield Road north of I-696, Lathrup Village
- Schedule: 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays May-October (outdoor market)
- Phone: 248-557-2600, ext. 224
Aside from the fresh fare, kids will have a blast at this year’s farmers market. Follow along on Facebook for programming and events as they arise. From cooking classes and demos to health and fitness programs, there’s plenty to enjoy and discover. This market accepts EBT, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC and Senior Market FRESH coupons.
- Address: Municipal parking lot on the corner of Fort Street and Southfield Road
- Schedule: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays June 3-Oct. 28, 2018
- Phone: 313-427-0443
This market returns with local produce, plants (there’s a plant swap the first day with Downriver Butterflies) and specialty foods like jams, baked goods and cheese. Don’t miss the craft items for sale! Plus find various events held throughout the season that are fun for kids and adults. Visit the Lincoln Park Farmers Market Facebook page for the latest. Participants of Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project and Senior Market FRESH.
- Address: Chi-Bro Park on M-52, north of Main Street, Manchester
- Schedule: 3:30-7 p.m. Thursdays May 10-Oct. 26, 2018
- Phone: 586-703-4549
Situated in the heart of town, this farm and artisan market has fresh in-season produce and other goodies. Snag fruits and vegetables, plants, honey, maple syrup, breads, baked goods, and items from local artisans and crafters.
- Address: Liberty Street between Main and Union Street
- Schedule: 3-8 p.m. Thursdays May 10-Oct. 11, 2018 (note: closed Aug. 9; closes at 7 p.m. in May, September and October)
- Phone: 248-496-7056
You’ll find foods and creations by Michigan farmers and artisans here. Visit throughout the summer for live entertainment, family fun and special events. Accepts Bridge and EBT cards, and Double Up Food Bucks.
- Address: Parking lot at 141 N. River Road between I-94 and North Gratiot Avenue, Mount Clemens (Fridays-Saturdays); Downtown, South Gratiot Avenue and Pine Street (Wednesdays)
- Schedule: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays May 5-Nov. 17, 2018 (River Road market); 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays July 25-Sept. 19, 2018 (downtown market)
- Phone: 586-493-7600
For Macomb County farmers markets in southeast Michigan, try this spot. Farm staples like corn, flowers and pumpkins are mixed with unique fare like okra, Italian eggplants, raw honey-in-the-comb and more. Watch for local chefs and restaurants to share culinary tricks and tips select Saturdays. Hosts special events like Strawberry Social and Family Day, too.
- Address: Next to Recreation Center, 50976 Washington St., between Main and Front streets, New Baltimore
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays May 6-Oct. 21, 2018 (closed on June 25)
- Phone: 586-557-4841 or 586-215-7484
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 visit its website to spot special events running throughout the season – including a corn roast and Summer Fun Day on Aug. 5, Art on the Bay Sept. 2, Kids and Family Day Sept. 23 and the Harvest Festival Oct. 7.
- Address: Corner of Seven Mile and Sheldon roads, downtown Northville
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays May 3-Oct. 25, 2018
- Phone: 248-349-7640
Find crafters, homemade Michigan products like soaps, lotions and honey. Pick up your fresh produce, and be sure to check out the Chefs at the Market, who visit one Thursday a month and share a recipe they made with items from the market’s booths. Spring is in full swing with flower vendors aplenty – and as fall comes around, goodies like mums and pumpkins. A fun activity for kids is to find Mr. Potato Head hidden at the market. Earn a piece of candy if you find his hiding spot!
- Address: 18445 Scarsdale St. (in the parking lot of the Rosedale Park Community House), Detroit
- Schedule: 4-8 p.m. Thursdays June-October 2018
- Phone: 734-787-8067
This market, run by the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, features fresh fruits and veggies, meats, eggs, baked goods, teas, spices and more. Plus, find free weekly programming like youth workshops, free health screenings, food preservation classes and more. Keep up with them on Facebook for the latest.
- Address: 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
- Schedule: January-April: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday; May-December: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
- Phone: 248-858-5495
Shop for fresh produce, flowers and handmade goods at both indoor and outdoor stalls. This farmers market also hosts events including food truck rallies, community garage sales and so much more. Find nutrition and health programs, too.
- Address: Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, June-September; special dates: April 26 (indoor), May 17 (outdoor), Oct. 11 and Nov. 8
- Phone: 734-822-2120
Lots of specialty foods and farm-fresh produce here. Find everything from flowers, eggs and pasture-raised meat to baked goods – including gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free – and even granola, jams, honey, sauces and much more. Plenty of fun activities for families, too, and even live music and cooking demos bi-monthly.
- Address: The Gathering, next to the Penn Theater on Penniman Avenue, downtown Plymouth
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays May 5-Oct. 27, 2018
- Phone: 734-453-1540
Fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, popcorn, jams and jellies, honey, salsa and barbecue sauce are just a few of the many offerings at one of the longtime farmers markets in southeast Michigan. Plus it’s just a short stroll from the popular Kellogg Park.
- Address: Marquee of Redford, 15145 Beech Daly Road, Redford Township
- Schedule: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, June 17-Oct. 21, 2018
- Phone: 313-387-2504
This outdoor market has everything from locally grown produce, plants and flowers to baked goods, art and specialty foods.
- Address: Romulus Historical Park, 11147 Hunt St., Romulus
- Schedule: 11-4 p.m. Wednesdays June 13-Sept. 26, 2018
- Phone: 734-955-4533
This market brings the community together with local growers and artisans offering a variety of farm-fresh products, including fresh produce, eggs, plants, homemade ice cream and cookies, sandwiches, gluten-free baked goods, organic coffee and tea products, herbs and spices and more. There are also weekly activities and crafts for Kids Club members.
- Address: 316 E. 11 Mile Road, two blocks east of Main Street, Royal Oak
- Schedule: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays year-round farm market; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays year-round flea market and antique/collectible market (except major holidays); plus 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays May-December and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays May-October
- 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, plants and other goods. Be sure to catch the amazing flea market, too, packed with collectibles and antiques on Sundays.
- Address: South Ann Arbor Street, downtown Saline (Saturdays, May-October 20); Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline (Tuesdays); Liberty School, 7265 Saline Ann Arbor Road, Saline (Saturdays, October-April)
- Schedule: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays May 5-Oct. 20, 2018; 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 5-Sept. 25, 2018; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Oct. 27, 2018-April 27, 2019
- Phone: 734-564-4693
The Saturday growers-only market provides fresh produce, eggs, coffee, plants, baked goods and local cheese – plus tips from master gardeners from Michigan State University. The Tuesday market, here since 2010, offers much of the same.
- Address: Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays May 26-Oct. 27, 2018
- Phone: 586-943-5785
This spot hosts a variety of farmers, crafters and artisans. Stop by for unique treats, art and produce – even gluten-free goods. The Amish farmers return, too. Every Saturday, reserve your spot for a free 11 a.m. tour of the buildings at this historic site (register online). Keep an eye out for announcements of the dates of the July holistic health fair and the harvest festival will be held the last day of the market for the season.
- Address: 110 W. Liberty St., South Lyon
- Schedule: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays May 5-Oct. 27, 2018
- Phone: 248-486-6154
This market brings together the community and supports local farmers and artisans. Participating vendors offer locally grown, baked and crafted products.
- Address: 12000 Davisburg Road, Davisburg
- Schedule: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays June 3-Sept. 30, 2018
- Phone: 248-846-6558
This fun family market offers lots of fresh, local produce – plus events for kids and adults.
- Address: located on Van Dyke Road, north of 12 Mile Road in front of City Hall, 1 City Square, Warren
- Schedule: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sundays, May 20-Oct. 28, 2018
- Phone: 586-258-2004
Pick up farm fresh eggs, produce, and baked goods here. Yoga begins at 9:30 a.m. Accepts EBT and SNAP cards, WIC Project Fresh and MarketFresh coupons.
- Address: Wayne State University campus, 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit
- Schedule: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6-Oct. 31, 2018
- Phone: 877-978-4636
On the corner of Woodward and Warren avenues, find a number of food trucks for lunch options, local fruit and vegetable vendors, Avalon Bakery bread, kettle popcorn, desserts and more. Incentive programs include EBT/SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, Senior Project Fresh, and WIC Project Fresh.
- Address: 1901 N. Carlson St., south of Ford, Westland
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, May 17-October 2018
- Phone: 734-326-7222
Set in a farmers market building (south of the H20 Zone), this locale teems with fresh, healthy fare from local growers and unique items from artisans. Stop by to pick up some fresh, local produce and crafts.
- Address: Zingerman’s Roadhouse parking lot at 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
- Schedule: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays June 1-October 2018
- Phone: email email@example.com
With many vendors at this market, you can take home your choice of local produce, fresh herbs, eggs, cider, breads and more.
- Address: Downtown, corner of Elm and First streets, Wyandotte
- Schedule: noon-7 p.m. every first Friday of the month, June-October
- Phone: 734-324-4502
Take home a wide array of locally made/grown produce and other goodies from this outdoor market. Special events are held all season, like petting farms, summer reading program and other children’s activities. Check their website and social media for news of programming to come!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) Farms
These farms grow, produce and distribute to various local farmers markets, stores and farms. Most have a roughly $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: 1459 Riley Center Road, Riley Township
- Schedule: June-October
- Phone: 810-488-3710
This small, family-owned and -operated farm and CSA is dedicated to fresh, organically grown, non-GMO vegetables and herbs.
- 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: 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 sustainably. Prochaska’s practices are considered naturally grown. Visit the retail store featuring fresh produce and flowers (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays during seasonal months, 5720 S. Occidental Road, Tecumseh).
- Address: Sterling Heights, near Lakeside Mall
- Schedule: June-November
- Phone: email firstname.lastname@example.org
With decades of family gardening experience, this CSA does the seeding, weeding, planting and harvesting for you. The shareholders have a say in what is grown, as long as it’s organic.
- 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. Deliveries at the market Saturday Depot Town market Tuesdays downtown.