The Many Faces of Detroit’s Eastern Market

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Eastern Market FlavorsI’ve been going to the Eastern Market since I was a young girl, tagging along with my mom. It was quite different from the Eastern Market that we see today, but only in the aspect of how it looked. The energy hasn’t changed. There was something magical about Eastern Market then, that you can still feel today.

Eastern Market has grown. Some of the changes are to the buildings and surrounding areas, but the greatest change is the level of activity. Eastern Market is just for Saturdays anymore.

There’s the…

Saturday Market

Bustling with as many as 45,000 visitors in a day, the Saturday Market is one of America’s most original destinations. Under the sheds and around the neighborhood you can shop at the same vendor stands and merchant’s shelves local restaurants rely on.
Days: Every Saturday year-round
Hours: 6 a.m.–4 p.m.

Then there’s the…

Sunday Street Market

With more “stuff” and less food, the Street Market is different from the other markets. It favors an emphasis on antiques, collectibles and flea market goods, with a special focus on locally made items. Detroit’s emerging maker culture is on display each week, along with visual and performing artists. Flowers, produce and made-to-order meals from local food trucks.
Days: Every Sunday, June through October
Hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

And then there’s the…

Tuesday Market

On Tuesdays a more relaxed version of the Saturday Market for stocking up on fresh produce, baked goods and meats. You can take part in a free Zumba or yoga class and watch cooking demonstrations using the great foods found at Eastern Market.
Days: Every Tuesday, June through October
Hours: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

And then you have the…

Holiday Market

Shop for locally grown trees and wreaths, homemade holiday treats, beverages and enough gifts to fill any sleigh. There’ll be carolers, visits from Kris Kringle and gift-wrapping.
Days: Tuesday, November 25 and December 22
Sunday, November 29, December 6 and December 13
Hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

And finally you have the…

Wholesale Market

Growers from Michigan, Ohio and Ontario sell their crops all night long so that restaurants, grocers and early-rising residents can get first pick of the region’s freshest produce.
Days: Every Monday through Friday, April through November
Hours: Midnight–6 a.m. (open to the public if you like buying in bulk)

And let’s not forget the…

Farm Stand

In 2009, to accommodate areas in Detroit with little access to fresh, healthy produce, Eastern Market began the Farm Stand program. Weekly from June through October, these mobile markets pop up in different locations around the city to enhance the health of Southeastern Michigan. In 2015, the Farm Stand brings fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, honey, and more to 21 spots in metro-Detroit, the most since the program started.

So you have plenty of opportunity to visit one of the nations finest markets.

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