Day 54: Michigan Farmers' Markets

Detroit Eastern Market. Photo by Danielle Turcotte
Lansing City Market
What: A big market in downtown Lansing that is popular with people and
businesses. The Waterfront Bar and Grille is located inside the market.
Additional Info: http://www.lansingcitymarket.com/

Allen Street Market
What: Another big market in Lansing that is also popular and lots of local businesses have booths.
Additional Info: http://allenneighborhoodcenter.org/food/market/

South Lansing Community Farmers Market
What: A lesser known market in South Lansing.
Additional Info: http://southlansing.org/FarmersMarket/tabid/350/Default.aspx

East Lansing Farmer’s Market
What: Another smaller market in East Lansing.
Additional Info: http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/farmersmarket
Leighanna Whiting, Regional Director

Northern Michigan Farmer’s Markets
Alpena Farmers Market
What: Located in Alpena behind City Hall off of River St.
When: Wednesdays & Saturdays 8 am – Noon

Bayside Farmers Market
What: Located in St. Ignace in Doud’s Market Parking Lot.
When: Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm

Boyne City Farmers Market
What: Located in Boyne City in Veteran’s Park, River St.
When: Wednesdays & Saturdays 8 am – 12 noon

Charlevoix Farmers Market
What: Located in Charlevoix’s East Park; downtown.
When: Thursdays 9 am – 1 pm

Cheboygan Farmers Market
What: Located in Cheboygan in the City Hall Parking Lot.
When: Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm

East Jordan Farmers Market
What: Located in East Jordan’s Sportsman’s Park.
When: Thursdays 9 am – 1 pm

Gaylord Farmers Market
What: Located in Gaylord’s Downtown Pavilion.
When: Wednesdays 8 am – 2pm

Harbor Springs Farmers Market
What: Located in Harbor Springs Main Street; downtown.
When: Wednesdays & Saturdays 9 am – 1pm

Petoskey Farmers Market
What: Located in Petoskey’s 400 block of Howard St.
When: Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Rogers City Farmers Market
What: Located in Rogers City by the Rogers City Boat Harbor Marina.
When: Thursdays 4 pm – 8 pm
Mel Libby, Regional Director

Grand Rapids Area Farmers Markets
The Fulton Street Farmers Market is the largest farmers market in Grand Rapids.  Originally started in 1922, it is also the oldest.  Having been established for so long, there are several vendors who have been selling their goods at Fulton Street for generations.  Tanis Orchards is the longest tenured vendor at the market, having been there since 1931.Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8a.m. to 3p.m. the Market offers a vast array of fresh produce, sauces, baked goods, cheeses, and syrups.  Sundays the market is open from 11a.m. to 3p.m. for an Artisans Market, the booths are full of local artists selling anything from jewelry to textiles, sculptures, and recycled metal art.Another cool feature is that you can pay with a credit card in the chance that you forget cash.  Just go to the office building and purchase tokens which can be used like cash at any of the vendors.  If you don’t spend all your tokens, it’s no big deal as they can be saved for your next visit.There is plenty of onsite parking and the market is open no matter what the weather!  Also, keep your eyes open on the weekends because you just might spot What the Truck, one of Grand Rapids’ only food trucks.  So get some breakfast at the food truck, and buy a delicious cornucopia of produce and other local goodies to concoct your own delicious meals at home!

Visit them online: http://fultonstreetmarket.org/
Or visit the market in person!   1147 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Chad Cramblet, Regional Director

Holland Farmers Market
The Holland Farmers Market runs every Wednesday and Saturday, May 18th to November 26th, from 8AM to 4PM. Located on 8th St. near downtown Holland and right beside the Holland Civic Center, this is one of the largest farmers markets in the state, with over 50 vendors participating each week.

Holland is surrounded by a number of rural communities, so the huge variety of produce, whether it’s blueberry or asparagus season, is always fresh, local and delicious. The majority of goods sold here are grown right in West Michigan. But produce is only a small part of this farmers market. There’s also flowers and vegetable plants for the garden, baked goods, local honey, spices and herbs, jams and dips, eggs, dairy, meet and even furniture. Organic is available too, with a number of local vendors offering only organic produce and dairy.

The space that houses the Holland Farmers Market is a newly constructed brick paved road with large metal awnings overhead, to keep the market cool when it’s sunny and dry when it rains. Just off the main street there is a small food court offering BBQ, hot dogs and great Mexican fare, especially the tamales.

A list of vendors and products, as well as calendar of special events, can be found online at www.hollandfarmersmarket.com.
Mike Guisinger, Regional Director

 

Check out our feature on Detroit Eastern Market

Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market
What: Located in Traverse City (Between Cass and Union Streets just off the Grandview Parkway;  across from Clinch Park).
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays 8-12 pm.
Additional info on Traverse City markets: http://tcriverhouse.com/farm-markets.htm

For a complete listing of local farmers markets in Northern Michigan check out: http://www.leelanau.cc/farmersmarkets.asp

Ann Arbor Market
What: Located in Ann Arbor’s historic Kerrytown District.
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays 7-3pm
Additional info: http://www.a2gov.org/government/communityservices/parksandrecreation/farmersmarket/Pages/FarmersMarket.aspx

~Eliza Foster, Managing Content Editor