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 in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, families are in luck. There’s something for everyone at these Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne county spots.
- Address: 7101 Park Ave., Allen Park
Come for farm-fresh produce, homemade baked goods and handcrafted items, including honey, bread, specialty crafts and more. Stay tuned for special events, too.
- Address: Kerrytown District, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
A well-loved gem, this 100-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.
- Address: Public Parking Lot No. 6 across from Booth Park, north of Harmon Street
This weekend market features more than 50 vendors selling anything from local and organic flowers and produce to fresh prepared foods and handcrafted items. Expect a drive-thru shopping experience this year.
- Address: Preservation Park, 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton
Michigan-grown produce, plants, flowers, coffee, cheeses and even soaps are among the goodies here.
- Address: Wednesdays: Chelsea State Bank parking lot on the corner of Old US 12 and M 52. Saturdays: Palmer Commons on Main St.
Chelsea Farmers Market brings 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
Find a variety of locally grown produce, Michigan-made products, grass-fed beef, fresh breads, artisan jewelry, natural body care products, live music and more.
- Address: Clawson City Park, 1080 N. Custer Ave., Clawson
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.
- Address: 1034 Monroe St., Dearborn
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.
- Address: 2934 Russell St., Detroit
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 Eastern Market’s open-air stalls for a plethora of farm-fresh goodies, including produce, baked goods and more.
- Address: 3233 Alpine St., Dexter
This Washtenaw County 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
Located alongside a historic one-room schoolhouse, this market offers a variety of local fruits and veggies. The market has The Cheese People selling artisan hard and soft cheeses along with vegetables from Dragonwood Farm.
- Address: Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
Swing by this market to get fresh fruits and veggies, plus check out the new vendors. Several food trucks will set up shop at the market this year but food purchased at the trucks must be taken to go.
- Address: Corner of East Third and Water streets, one block east of Main Street, downtown Rochester
Celebrating its 21st 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: 33113 Grand River Ave., Farmington
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.
This market sells plenty of produce, seedlings, baked goods, crafts and more. The Saturday market has 30 vendors selling produce, meat, cheese and baked goods.
- Address: 14150 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit
This community market aims to help the community access fresh, healthy and locally grown foods. Look for family activities, cultural programming, retail vendors and more throughout the year.
- Address: Municipal Complex, 27400 Southfield Road, Lathrup Village
Aside from the fresh fare, follow along on Facebook for programming and events as they arise. 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
This market returns with local produce, plants and more. Visit the market’s Facebook page for the latest, including their virtual kids’ programming.
- Address: 327 W. Main St., Manchester
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
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: 141 N. River Road, Mount Clemens (Fridays-Saturdays); Downtown, South Gratiot Avenue and Pine Street (Wednesdays)
Farm staples like corn, flowers and pumpkins are mixed with fare like okra, Italian eggplants, raw honey-in-the-comb and more.
- Address: Next to Recreation Center, 50976 Washington St., New Baltimore
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.
- Address: Corner of Seven Mile and Sheldon roads, downtown Northville
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. Special hours for seniors and those with health concerns 8-9 a.m.
- Address: 18445 Scarsdale St., Detroit (in the parking lot of the Rosedale Park Community House)
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
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 more. Find nutrition and health programs, too.
- Address: Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor
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.
- Address: The Gathering, next to the Penn Theater on Penniman Avenue, downtown Plymouth
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
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
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.
- Address: 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
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); Liberty School, 7265 Saline Ann Arbor Road, Saline (Saturdays, November-April)
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.
- Address: Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
This spot hosts a variety of farmers, crafters and artisans. Stop by for unique treats, art and produce — even gluten-free goods.
- Address: 110 W. Liberty St., South Lyon
This market brings together the community and supports local farmers and artisans. Participating vendors offer locally grown, baked and crafted products.
- Address: located on Van Dyke Road, north of 12 Mile Road in front of City Hall, 1 City Square, Warren
Pick up farm fresh eggs, produce, and baked goods here. Accepts EBT and SNAP cards, WIC Project Fresh and MarketFresh coupons.
- Address: Wayne State University campus, 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit
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., Westland
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 or local produce.
- Address: Zingerman’s Roadhouse parking lot at 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
With many vendors at this market, you can take home your choice of local produce, fresh herbs, eggs, cider, breads and more.
- Address: Near City Hall in the Vintage Market Parking Lot
Take home a wide array of locally made/grown produce and other goodies from this outdoor market. 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: 45144 W. Nine Mile Road, Novi
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
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.
- Address: Sterling Heights, near Lakeside Mall
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
This family farm and CSA abides by organic principles, growing its produce naturally without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
This post was originally published in 2019 and is updated regularly.
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