Farmers Markets: When you want the best, go fresh!

By: Ken Cross | May 24, 2012

Fresh.  Local.  Healthy.  These are just a few of the reasons why farmers markets are a great place to shop, browse and sample.  You really can’t get fresher product than at a farmers market, unless you actually go to the fields themselves.  The produce is juicy and sweet and the vegetable are crisp and tasty.  The best part about buying the prime product offered at a farmers market is that in doing so, you are supporting your community and neighborhood agriculturalists.

Farmers markets have more to offer than just the run of the mill fruits and veggies.  The outdoor marketplaces are also a great spot to find artisan goods, crafts and beverages.  The cornucopia of available items includes flowers, herbs, homemade jam and preserves, seasonal goods and decorations, honey and fresh eggs to boot.  The Ann Arbor Farmers Market even has its own beverage garden featuring beer and wine, which is sponsored by various non-profit organizations, during their Wednesday evening market.  Many of the outdoor markets begin in May and will be open for business once or twice a week through October.  Other markets stay open until Christmas and a few actually remain up and running all year round.

Here is a list of several farmers markets in the Metro Detroit area.  Be sure to check them out and support your local farming friends!

Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Kerrytown District, 315 Detroit Street
Saturday, year-round and Wednesday evenings, May-December
www.a2gov.org

Birmingham Farmers Market
City Parking Lot No. 6 on N. Old Woodward Ave.
Sunday, May-October
http://www.birminghamfarmersmarket.org/

Chelsea Farmers Market
Park Street, downtown Chelsea
Saturday, May-October
www.chelseafarmersmkt.org

Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market
2934 Russell St.
Saturday, year-round
www.detroiteasternmarket.com

Dexter Farmers Market
Alpine Street at Main Street, downtown Dexter
Saturday morning and Tuesday early evening, May-October
www.farmersmarketonline.com

Downtown Rochester Farmers Market
Corner of East Third and Water Street, downtown Rochester
Saturday, May-October
www.downtownrochestermi.com

Farmington Farmers and Artisan Market
Parking lot on Southfield Road between Fort Park and Lafayette Street
Sunday, May-October
www.downtownfarmington.org

Northville Farmers Market
Northville Downs parking lot, downtown Northville
Thursday, May-October
www.downtownnorthville.com

Plymouth Farmers Market
“The Gathering”, downtown Plymouth
Saturday, May-October
www.ci.plymouth.mi.us

Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 E. 11 Mile Rd.
Saturday, year-round; Friday, May-Christmas
www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us

South Lyon Farmers Market
Municipal lot at corner of Pontiac Trail and Liberty Street
Wednesday, May 23-October 10, 2 – 7 pm
www.southlyonmi.org

Warren Farmers Market
Warren Civic Square
Sunday, May-October
www.cityofwarren.com

Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market
Depot Town
Saturday, May-October
www.facebook.com/ypsidepottownfarmersmarket

Walled Lake Farmers Market
E. West Maple Street
Wednesday, May-October, 7 am – 1 pm
www.local-farmers-markets.com