Michigan’s farmers market season may be shorter than our southern neighbors’ — but it’s all the more cherished for it.
There really is nothing like the taste of a locally grown tomato, crisp apple or just-baked loaf of bread. The local farmers markets in this month’s Detroit 10 offer all that and more.
1. A trip to Detroit’s Eastern Market shouldn’t be missed. Every Saturday, as many as 40,000 shoppers flock to the six-block market and the adjacent food district. The culture has as much flavor as the fruits, vegetables, homemade jams and meats.
2. Weekends too crowded? Wayne State University holds its farmers market every Wednesday. It’s part of SEED, Wayne’s effort to build sustainable food systems on the university campus and in Detroit neighborhoods. The midweek market runs through Oct. 30.
3. The Dearborn Farmers & Artisan Market carefully selects 30 vendors each year to sell seasonal Michigan-produced goods, artisanal baked goods, cheeses and meats. But not all the market’s selections are edible — it also features juried art, garden décor, soap and woodwork.
4. On Thursday afternoons and early evenings, Westland residents can catch a free ride to the city’s market from one of five bus stations in the area, thanks to the Community-to-Market transportation initiative. The Westland Farmers Market is located next to City Hall.