Shopping at farmers markets is a great way to stock up on seasonal produce that’s minimally processed, as well as meats, cheeses and eggs that are raised without hormones and antibiotics.
Plus, you get to meet the people who grow your food, and support small family farms that struggle to compete against large agribusiness.
Make the most of your market trips with these six tips and tricks:
- Stick a few plastic grocery bags in your reusable totes and use those for filling with your produce instead of using plastic bags from the merchants.
- Arrive early for the best selection and freshest products. Or arrive late for last minute deals on the produce farmers want to move before heading home.
- Buy what you need to use within a week and plan to freeze or can the rest.
- Bring small bills and correct change for easier transactions.
- If you’re buying meat or dairy, ask the vendor to hold it for you until you are ready to go so it can stay cool for as long as possible.
- Get to know your vendors, and place your orders in advance.
Area Farmers Markets
- Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market | 2934 Russell St., Detroit
Saturday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (year-round); Tuesday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (June-September); Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June-September)
- Islandview Farmers Market | 7200 Mack Ave., Detroit
Wednesday: 4-7 p.m. (June-September)
- Oakland Avenue Farmers Market | 9354 Oakland Ave., Detroit
Saturday: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (June-October)
- Wayne State University Farmers Market in Detroit | 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (June-October)
- Westland Farmers Market | 1901 N. Carlson, Westland
Thursdays: 3-7 p.m. (May-October); closed June 16 and August 4, 2016