Fresh Produce, Baked Goods & More at Local Farmers Markets

By: Toni Cunningham | April 28, 2014
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Even though winter paid us Metro Detroiters a visit mid-April in the form of frost and snow, I think it’s safe to say that the wintery season is finally over. Commence celebratory dance party!

We’re all more than ready for the numerous joys spring and summer bring, and there’s no need to take things slow. Farmers markets are one of the best parts of the warm months, and they’re opening soon!

What’s so great about farmers markets, you ask? Well, you can find all sorts of fresh produce, as well as crafts from local artisans, and other food items like fresh bread and canned fruit preserves. Take a look at our list and get ready to go to the market!

Kicking off the 2014 season is the Northville Farmers Market, which opens on Thursday, May 1. Held every Thursday through October from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the market is located in the Northville Downs parking lot at 7 Mile Rd. and Sheldon Rd.

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The Northville Farmers Market boasts nearly 130 Michigan grown or Michigan produced products, including vegetables, seasonal produce, flowers, homemade pasta, crafts and more.

The Downtown Rochester Farmers Market opens a few days later on Saturday, May 3. Held every Saturday through October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., it’s located at the corner of E. Third St. and Water St.

There, you’ll find produce from A to Z Farms, baked goods from Breadwinner, breakfast calzones from Georgio’s Pizza & Pasta, plants from Penzien Farms, certified organic produce and meat from Raub-Rae Farms, and plants and produce from Medley Greenhouses, amongst many other items.

Fresh produce? Check. Blooming floral bouquets? Check. Handmade soaps? Check. This farmers market has everything you could want and then some!

The Plymouth Farmers Market will also be open for business on Saturday, May 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Produce, baked goods, honey, sauces and more will be available at The Gathering in Downtown Plymouth next to the Penn Theatre. It’s open every Saturday throughout the season.

Opening day at the Birmingham Farmers Market will be the following day, Sunday, May 4. Here, the market is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., so you can sleep in for a few extra hours. The Birmingham Farmers Market features over 70 vendors showcasing items like locally grown produce, prepared food items and crafts.

In-season items like parsnips, rhubarb, and various herbs and greens will be plentiful, as well as organic veggies and berries. Garden plants, hanging baskets, potted plants and crafts will be available for purchase, and will spruce up your home for spring! The Birmingham Farmers Market is located on N. Old Woodward Ave. just across the street from Booth Park.

While the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open year round on Wednesdays and Sundays, on Wednesday, May 7, it’s time for evening markets to return! Starting then, in addition to being open on Wednesday mornings, the market will also be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Perfect for those of us who miss out on the Wednesday morning market due to work, the evening one allows you to peruse local produce, cheese and prepared food items when you’re finally off the clock.

Vendors at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market include Brines Farm (vegetables and eggs), Coblentz Acres (organic fruits and veggies), Daisy Farms (strawberries), Darcy’s Carts (breakfast burritos packed with local ingredients), and Sparr’s Greenhouse (various flowers, tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries).

The Milford Farmers Market opens for the season on Thursday, May 8 and runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 115 E. Liberty St. What can you expect at the Milford Farmers Market? For starters, locally made syrup, fresh produce, free-range eggs, and goodies from the Milford Baking Co. will all be available for purchase.

The following month, the Wayne State University Farmers Market opens on Wednesday, June 4 and is held every Wednesday through the fall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market features fresh herbs, produce and locally grown items.

The Wyandotte Farmers Market opens on Thursday, June 5 at noon and runs until 6:30 p.m. Each Thursday, head to the market at the corner of Elm St. and First St. in Downtown Wyandotte for a vast selection of produce, baked goods, crafts and more.

You’ll find items like fruits, veggies, herbs and more from L.P. Stotz Farms and salsa from Juanita’s Salsa. To celebrate opening day at the market, there will be a raffle to win a raised garden bed. By purchasing $6 worth of items at the market, you’ll automatically be entered and given a raffle ticket.

While you’re scheduling your farmers market trips, don’t forget ones that are open year round like the Royal Oak Farmers Market and Eastern Market.

There’s nothing like shopping for fresh local produce with a warm spring breeze in the air!