As the grey sticks of a bland winter begin to flourish into the budding green of spring, the Washtenaw County area is alive and people are jogging outdoors instead of on a treadmill. Experience shopping and interacting with the community of southeast Michigan as local growers and entertainers come together to celebrate good food and good fun.
Cobblestone Farm Market
2781 Packard Rd. Ann Arbor
Season: May 26 – Oct. 20
Hours: 4PM – 7PM
The Cobblestone Farm Market is an earth-friendly, non-profit organization that focuses on strengthening community and increasing local food accessibility, security and quality. A project of the Cobblestone Farm Association, the market was started in the spring of 2012 by a group of parents, farmers, gardeners, students, teachers, radical homemakers, naturalists, neighbors and friends to provide a safe community space that allows individuals and families from diverse backgrounds to connect over healthy food, fun activities, live music and cooking demonstrations. Find natural beauty products, handmade stationery and other gifts, catch a massage and enjoy lunch from Hut-K Chaats or Silvio’s.
Ypsilanti Farmers Market Place
For over ten years Growing Hope has hosted a farmers market in downtown Ypsilanti on Tuesdays. In 2015 they began work on an indoor-outdoor space in order to make healthy food and economic opportunities more accessible year-round. The 2016 season presents a new opportunity for residents to celebrate good food and community life, and to see how the market has grown.
Dexter Farmers Market
3233 Alpine St, Dexter
Season: May – Oct.
Hours: Tue/2PM – 6PM and Sat /8AM – 1PM
2016 marks the eleventh year on Alpine Street for this seasonal, open-air market in beautiful downtown Dexter, where you can find locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, flowers, plants, and locally made jewelry and artwork.
Saline Farmers Market
The Saline Farmers Market has been providing residents and visitors with locally grown produce, crafts, meats, cheeses, syrup, coffee, Indian corn, and other specialty goods since 2000.
Bushel Basket Market
222 S. Main St., Chelsea
Season: May 4 – Oct. 26
Hours: 2PM – 6PM
Since its beginnings in 2007, The Bushel Basket Market has been providing a variety of local products and produce in a pleasant, easily accessible manner in order to encourage more frequent and wider consumption of healthy foods in Chelsea and surrounding communities. 18 full season vendors have joined the market this year, offering everything from baked goods to birdhouses, syrup, grass-fed beef, lamb and pork, herbal soaps, seasonal fruits and veggies.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit St.
Season: Year Round
Hours: 8AM – 3PM
Now entering its 97th season, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is proud to bring farm-fresh produce to the community every week of the year. The gathering place for more than 100 local businesses, the market offers native plants, artisanal yogurt, cheese and baked goods, fresh-picked vegetables, slow-roasted coffee beans, fermented sauerkraut and Sriracha, cut flowers, hardwood cutting boards and planters, premier Michigan fruits and nuts, maple syrup and so much more.
Westside Farmers’ Market Ann Arbor
2501 Jackson Ave.
Season: June 5 – Oct. 13
Hours: 3PM – 7PM
Founded in 2005 by a group of passionate Ann Arbor volunteers, The Westside Farmers’ Market is dedicated to putting great, local food into the hands of as many residents as possible. 30 to 40 vendors each week interact directly with their consumers to enrich the local food economy.
Pittsfield Township Farmers Market
6201 W. Michigan Ave.
Season: June – Sept.
Hours: 3PM – 7PM
The Pittsfield Township Farmers Market is a weekly summer market that features local growers, food producers and artisans. Neighbors can gather and enjoy live music and take in a cooking demonstration to learn how to prepare seasonal produce. New this year, a Master Gardener will be on site monthly with seasonal information about lawn and garden questions. Kids can enjoy a weekly “I SPY” activity and craft plus music by Kevin Devine, Ms. Carissa and tumbling with Gym America on select dates. Save some time for a walk through Prairie Park and grab dinner from Top Dog Hot Dogs.
Manchester Farmers Market
Chi-Bro Park on M-52 North of Main St., Manchester, MI
Season: May – Oct.
Hours: 3:30PM – 7PM
Located in Chi-Bro park, which was named after the village’s famous annual Chicken Broil, the Manchester Farmers Market continues the tradition of celebrating food and community in Manchester.
Whitmore Lake Farm & Artisan Market
75 Barker Rd., Whitmore Lake
Season: May – Sept.
Hours: 2PM – 7PM
Featuring fresh fruit, jam, herbs, prepared foods, fresh cut flowers, arts and crafts, honey, meat, fresh vegetables, cheese, baked goods and plants, the Whitmore Lake Farm & Artisan Market provides the community with the opportunity to conveniently stock up just in time to celebrate the weekend.
Dixboro Farmers’ Market
5221 Church Rd.
Season: May 30 – Oct. 24
Hours: 3PM – 7PM
Nestled in the tranquil village of Dixboro, the Dixboro Farmers’ Market is a throwback to yesteryear. Situated alongside a historic one-room schoolhouse on the Dixboro Village Green, the market is dedicated to supporting local growers and producers through the creation of a vibrant marketplace. The market aims to preserve both the area’s agricultural history and foster innovation while meeting the demands of area residents for additional opportunities to purchase local, fresh food.
Milan Farmers & Crafters Market
Launched in 2014, the market is open weekly from June – October. Situated in Tolan Square, in the heart of downtown Milan, the market features local produce and products, all grown or handcrafted in Michigan.
Chelsea Farmers Market
222 South Main Street Chelsea
Season: Apr 30 – Oct 29
Hours: 8AM – 1PM
For 25 years the Chelsea Farmers Market has brought high-quality food and artisan products to the Chelsea community. This season promises several new vendors along with the return of musical entertainment and new events to engage the visitor, both young and old. The Market offers seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, eggs, honey, maple syrup, coffee, breads and bakery items, herbs, nuts, hummus, cheese, soup and barbecue and spaghetti sauces. Hand-crafted artisan products include jewelry, soaps and lotions, wood crafts, birdhouses, garden art, and more.
Ypsilanti Farmers Market – Depot Town
100 Rice St., Ypsilanti
Season: May 7 – October 29
Hours: 9AM – 1PM
Growing Hope supports gardening in home, school and community settings and advocating good health and economic development through agriculture with this second Ypsilanti market, located in Depot Town since 2013.
Canton Farmers Market
500 N. Ridge Rd., Canton
Hours: 9AM – 1PM
Season: May 15 – Oct. 16 (closed July 3)
The Canton Farmers Market is an open-air market which offers Michigan produce, locally produced food and hand-crafted goods. The Market is held rain or shine, and offers live entertainment, historical building tours with displays of Canton’s farming past, and Q&A’s with local chefs and Master Gardener volunteers.