Southerner Meets Michigan: Holiday Shopping At Eastern Market

Southerner Meets Michigan: Holiday Shopping At Eastern Market
The Awesome Mitten-Eastern Market Holiday Shopping
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bowman

With the holiday season in full swing, many people are busy preparing for parties, dinners, and other social festivities. If you’re in a planning spiral yourself and are looking for a way to shop local this winter, I’ve got two words for you: Eastern Market.

It’s no secret that Detroit’s Eastern Market is a great resource for locally-grown produce, flowers, plants, and artisan goods. Fortunately (as this market newbie recently discovered), the warm-weather favorite doesn’t shut down when cold weather rolls around. When you visit Eastern Market during the winter, you’ll find many of the same offerings that are around throughout summer—fruit, vegetables, meats, and baked goods galore. Inside the sheds, the scent of rosemary wafts through the air and visitors gather to shop free-range birds, homemade pies, and local honey for upcoming holiday meals.

The Awesome Mitten-Holiday Shopping At The Eastern Market
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bowman

The winter market’s main selling point for me, however, is the wide selection of decorative greenery. Garlands, wreaths, table centerpieces, and even Christmas trees—how could you not leave with at least one piece of evergreen décor? I recently took home a wreath of my own from the market—the very first “real” Christmas greenery I’ve ever purchased! Now, I’ll get a little dose of Christmas spirit (and that wonderful pine smell!) whenever I walk through my front door.

The Awesome Mitten-Holiday Shopping At The Eastern Market
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bowman

Don’t think you’ll get a chance to visit the winter market this season? Try catching one of Eastern Market’s Sunday Holiday Markets. These special days are packed with extra seasonal goodies like carolers, appearances from Santa, and an overload of holiday gifts and hot food (I recommend stopping by the beignet truck for an amazing treat that will warm you up!). Clear your schedule and skip on down to the Holiday Markets from 10:00am-4:00pm on December 7, 2014 and December 14, 2014. Make it a one-stop shop and pick up some original artwork or floral arrangements to give as gifts to friends and family. Where else can you multi-task this well while shopping local and having a good time? Detroit is a magical place.

Will you be visiting the Eastern Market this holiday season? Comment below with what you’re looking forward to the most!

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I’m Jennifer, a native Virginian trying her hand at living the Michigan life. I moved to the mitten with my husband in 2011, and since then, have been busy exploring the state and looking for the best of what it has to offer. So far, I have no complaints—except maybe that whole “longer winter” thing. But, hey—even that just gives me an excuse to buy more sweaters. When I’m not searching for new places or immersing myself in media news (I’m an advertising junkie), I’m usually writing stories for my blog, Wading in Big Shoes. I love connecting with new people, so feel free to find me there or at my Twitter handle, @JHBowman. In the meantime, I’ll see you around the mitten!