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Exploring Detroit’s Community Markets

The oldest and most visited farmers market in Detroit, Eastern Market, has been one of the cornerstones of the city for over 125 years. Providing guests with not only fresh fruits and vegetables from all over Michigan and beyond, Eastern Market offers a unique combination of local vendors, bakers, products, and artists.  Personal favorites include: Brother Nature Produce, Small Batch Detroit, and Nurturing Our Seeds Farm

Not only is Detroit home to Eastern Market, but the city is also home to over 10 community and neighborhood markets. These markets provide local Detroiters with access to fresh foods and locally-made products closer to where they live and work. As farmers market season comes to a close, let’s take a look at a few of our favorite Detroit community markets:

HOPE Village Farmers Market

Hope Village is only in its third year of operation and has quickly become a community favorite! This farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays from 4pm – 7pm and was created to increase access to fresh, healthy foods while integrating art and community. The market includes local vendors such as Sweet Potato Delights and CWO Farms,  a book mobile, free yoga, and culturally-themed programs for the youth.
FB: HOPE Village Farmers Market


Afro Jams at Oakland Avenue Farmers Market 

Oakland Avenue Farmer’s Market

As their website states “Good food organically grown in Detroit’s epic North End—the cradle of Funk and an area historically known for the richness of its soil.” This market is open every Saturday, 11am-3:30pm from June to September, accepts EBT, and supports the Double Up Food Bucks program. This summer, the market hosted a Rain Barrel workshop, free CSA produce distribution, and free Sports Play kits in collaboration with Project Play.
FB: Oakland Ave Urban Farm; IG: @oakland_ave_urban_farm

Deeply Rooted Produce Market

What started as a local food distribution hub, Deeply Rooted has since launched something like a mobile farmers market – delivering fresh produce, healthy meals, and locally-made good food products to Detroiters. This creative and innovative model provides a much needed service to Detroiters in the most food insecure communities. Online ordering is available for pickup or delivery on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 11am – 1pm.
FB: Deeply Rooted Produce; IG: @deeplyrootedproduce

Other Detroit Community Markets include:

Ederique Goudia is the Metro Detroit Content Creator for Taste the Local Difference.  Contact her at eg@ibfdetroit.com

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