Michigan is jam-packed with farm fresh produce and makers of fine foods, and so too are we loaded with an abundance of local farmers markets. Whether you’re looking for fruits and veggies, baked goods, meats, or artisan cheeses, the farmers market is the one-stop shop for many a Michigander. Here are 10 awesome ones you’ll want to check out as the temperatures begin to rise.
1. Ann Arbor Farmers Market
This century-old institution is open year-round and features local produce, dairy products, freshly cut flowers, maple syrup, and more. Located at 315 Detroit St., open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, January-April; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, May-December.
2. Downtown Bay City Farmers Market
Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays from June to October, you'll find your flowers, baked goods, and veggies right here at Washington Avenue and Sixth Street.
3. Birmingham Farmers Market
Come May 1-Oct. 23 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m., you'll be able to pick up plants for the garden, organic produce, freshly made prepared goods. Location, Public Parking Lot 6 on the east side of N. Old Woodward (across from Salvatore Scallopini Restaurant and Booth Park).
4. Downtown Market Grand Rapids
This year-round gem is where you can pick up fresh meats, cheeses, a cup of coffee, or a plate of tacos. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Address, 435 Ionia Ave. SW.
5. Eastern Market, Detroit
The mother load of all Michigan farmers markets is found on Detroit's east side. Permanent sheds make this a year-round affair, where folks can grab produce, peruse the meat market, get a quick bite to eat at nearby restaurants, and check out local handcrafted home goods. Open 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays year round; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays between June-October; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, June-October. Location, 2934 Russell.
6. Flint Farmers Market
Another year round, indoor market, fresh veggies, meats, baked goods, and more can be found within these walls. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Address, 300 E. First St.
7. Frankenmuth Farmers Market
Featuring a covered pavilion, a gathering "barn," a farming shopping area, and an incubator kitchen for food production, this market has just about all your bases covered - whether you're a consumer or making and growing the food yourself. Opening for the season May 14. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays (May-14-Oct. 15); 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays (June 8-Oct. 12). Location, 534 N. Main St.
8. Lansing City Market
Get a variety of local food, recreation equipment, craft beers, and more at this establishment - a staple in the Lansing area since 1909. Open year round, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays. Address: 325 City Market Drive.
9. Downtown Marquette Farmers Market
Open May 21-Dec. 17, this market is your hub for local produce, crafts, and food. Hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, location is 112 S. Third St.
10. Royal Oak Farmers Market
This indoor, suburban market is open year round on Saturdays and on Fridays from May to Christmas, giving residents plenty of options no matter the season. Plus, there's a Sunday flea market. Hours are 7 a.m.-1 p.m. for both Friday and Saturday markets, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Address: 316 E. 11 Mile Road.
Mmm… A big basket of Michigan cherries from the market sounds mighty good right now, doesn’t it? Tell us, where are your favorite farmers markets in Michigan?