Based on the two previous visits I’ve made to Detroit’s Eastern Market, I’ve learned that weekend crowds are normal—but nothing compares to the hustle and bustle I saw during this year’s Flower Day. Now in its 48th year, the Eastern Market’s annual Flower Day is a festive occasion where vegetables and baked goods temporarily disappear to make way for zinnias and geraniums. Each gigantic shed is packed with organic color, and likewise, packed with patrons who are ready to spruce up their gardens.
The selection is almost overwhelming, but in a good way. Into yellow? They’ve got your marigolds grouped in gradient order. Or maybe you love a good mixture? There are hundreds of hanging baskets calling your name. To experience Flower Day in pure form is like frolicking through a gigantic nursery with the bonus option to “shop around.” I also learned that if you’re really serious about stocking up on some pretty petals, it’s best to bring a wagon with you. In fact, I didn’t bring one, and I definitely felt as though I were in the minority. Next year, it’s a fully-stocked Radio Flyer all the way.
Now, while flowers and other plants are definitely the stars of Flower Day (go figure, right?), there are plenty of food options around to give those divas a run for their money. From fresh fruit to food trucks, there’s a little bit of something for every taste (pun intended). I opted for the amazing Mac Shack, where my husband and I split a large order of “Bacon Made Me Do It” macaroni and cheese. Food trucks are a totally new thing for me, so I’m glad to start off the tradition with something as delicious as this treat. Afterwards, it was a trip to the Mootown Ice Cream Shoppe where I discovered the blended “Black Cow” (a root beer float that’s mixed together like a milkshake). How I ever got this far in life without discovering this fantastic idea is beyond me.
To top it all off, Flower Day offers the same Detroit charm that is typical of Eastern Market tradition: live music, locally-made and grown products, and a great sense of community that’s as vibrant as the flowers themselves. It’s hard to find error in such a tried-and-true atmosphere, but that’s probably why it’s so easy to love everything about this event. That, and the fact that it’s finally warm enough to start planting those flowers. Why, hello, spring . . . it’s nice to finally see you again!
Did you visit Flower Day at the Eastern Market this year? What was your favorite part of the event?
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