Twelve Detroit Community Markets, from the eastside to the North End, Corktown to Midtown, and southwest to northwest Detroit, are part of this year’s collection of locales where neighborhood residents can purchase locally grown produce and other locally produced items.
The Detroit Community Markets program is supported by the Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative.
And the community loves them. Many are open into the evening hours, so when people are heading home from work they have a place to shop other than the grocery store. Other residents like the fact that they can walk to the markets. Markets often have entertainment, food trucks, cooking demos, youth programming, or other activities that help draw individuals and families to their weekly market day.
Another attractive element is the Detroit Eastern Market Farm Stand program. Started in 2006, the farm stand visits many of the community markets weekly, selling additional items like locally produced eggs, cheese and butter, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, bought directly from area farmers, like Tim Campbell or Ruhlig Farms. Value added offerings in the farm stand include Slow Jams, peanut butter from Greenhouse, Zen Center kale chips and pumpkin seeds, cheese from Oliver Farms, High 5 healthy seasoning mix, and Wild Detroit Honey.
Sixteen fellows are hired to run the farm stand, and they visit five of the Detroit Community Markets each week along with four other community sites and 13 corporate and healthcare sites.
Many of the Detroit Community Markets, like Oakland Avenue Farmers Market and Islandview Farmers Market, have their own gardens. Others connect to local growers through The Greening of Detroit and the Garden Resource Program.
Each market is unique in terms of location, popularity and size
Oakland Avenue Farmers Market in the North End is one of the smallest markets, but it has weekly regulars who appreciate purchasing freshly picked produce grown right in the neighborhood. Others driving up the avenue, stop by to choose from the offerings.
CHASS Mercado, located at a healthcare center, is a larger market, attracting a lively, vibrant crowd of patients coming and going from the center, along with neighborhood residents. Local food trucks are part of market day too. CHASS Mercado consumers use a variety of payment methods, from Fresh Prescription (vouchers given by doctors for $10 for fruit/vegetable purchases) and Double Up Food Bucks, which doubles shoppers’ value spent on fruits and vegetables.
Meldrum Fresh Market is unique in that it only sells certified organic items, grown on the adjacent land at EarthWorks Urban Farm.
Most markets operate through early to late October, depending on the weather. They accept cash and often other payment methods, such as Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, Project FRESH, and Senior Market FRESH.
Here is a list of the Detroit Community Markets. Visit one before the season ends!
Brightmoor Farmers Market & Artisans Market
22375 Fenkell St.
Fridays, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
5635 West Fort Street
Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1235 Michigan Avenue
Thursdays, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Russell Street (between Mack Ave. and Gratiot)
Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm.
14027 West Outer Drive
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – noon; Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – noon
7200 Mack Ave.
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
18445 Scarsdale St.
Thursdays, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
9352 Oakland Ave.
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
18900 Joy Road
Tuesdays, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
5401 Cass Ave.
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.