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It’s Farmer’s Market Season!

It’s Farmer’s Market Season!

Catherine Kramer
5/5/14
Local Business, Eat Local, Food

April showers bring May crops, so it’s time to head to the farmers market.

You may have these questions: Where are they located? When are they open? What will I find there?

Before you go scouring the internet for the answers, check out this information we’ve compiled about some of our favorites.

Fulton Street Farmers Market

Where: 1147 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, 49503

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 am—3 pm. The Artisans Market at Fulton Street is open on Sundays from 11 am—3 pm, the second Sunday in June through the last Sunday in September.

What: The Fulton Street Farmers Market works with over 200 vendors throughout the year to bring you the freshest fruits and vegetables as well as breads, baked goods, flowers, and meats.

Why: In addition to the Artisans Market (which features jewelry, stonework, sculptures, and more), Fulton Street has a “Farmin’ Flavor” each month, where a local chef uses ingredients from the market to make a new menu item.

Downtown Market

Where: 435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, 49503

When: May Hours: Saturdays 9 am—2 pm; June through September: Tuesdays 9 am—2 pm, Thursdays 4 pm—7 pm, Saturdays 9 am—2 pm; October through November: Saturdays 9 am—2 pm

What: The outdoor portion of the Downtown Market is your one-stop destination for fruits, vegetables, poultry, meats, plants, specialty products and more.

Why: While the outdoor market features standard farmers market fare, stepping inside the market hall offers a whole world of coffee, ice cream, Thai food and more.  Open year-round seven days a week, there is always something new to try inside. Also at the Downtown Market you might find musicians, dancers, or jugglers for your entertainment.

Holland Farmers Market

Where: 150 W 8th Street, Holland, 49423

When: Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 am—3 pm (starting May 14)

What: The Holland Farmers Market has everything from fruits and vegetables to jewelry and home décor, including “hot crops” such as raspberries, cilantro, spinach, and peppers.

Why: The events at the Holland Farmers Market are plentiful: their chef series brings in area chefs to do demonstrations using foods from the market; they have activities for kids each Wednesday morning in the summer; special events include the Salsa Showdown (with both salsa-making and jalapeno-eating competitions).

West Michigan Co-op

Where: Pick-up location: 1475 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, 49503

When: The shopping cycle begins on the first Saturday of each month. Shopping is open until the Friday of that week. Pick-up night is the second Wednesday after the shopping week (don’t worry, there is a calendar.) Pick-up is from 5:45 pm—8 pm on that Wednesday.

What: The West Michigan Co-op is the area’s first online farmers market. It allows producers and consumers to connect throughout the year. Shopping with the co-op requires a membership, but perks include direct access to farm products with the convenience of shopping online.

Why: The Co-op offers the most convenient option, especially for those who already most of their shopping online. It balances this practicality with a bit of personality, as producers and consumers interact at pick-up night. The Co-op also provides information about each producer to encourage shoppers to be more conscious consumers.

Muskegon Farmers Market

Where: 242 W Western Ave., Muskegon, 49440 (new location!)

When: May—December Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 6:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. After Thanksgiving, Saturdays only 7:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Artisan vendors: Wednesdays 5:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. June 11—August 20. Flea Market: Wednesdays May 7—October (at old location: 700 Yuba Street, Muskegon, 49442)

What: The Muskegon Farmer’s Market is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts a giant Flea Market where everything imaginable is sold.

Why: They participate in the nationally-recognized Power of Produce Club, which empowers kids to make healthy food choices.

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