Eastern Market, Home to Michigan’s Bounty
When it comes to biodiversity, Michigan ranks highly. With abundant water, diverse climates, and varied landscapes, the mitten and Upper Peninsula together showcase incredible produce that comes from the state’s farms. Eastern Market in Detroit is where Michigan’s farming riches all come together. Enormous eggplants that deserve display at the county fair. Giant pumpkins that should be on display at the county fair. And submarine-sized watermelons that could be showcased at yes, the county fair. Some of the produce is actually grown within Detroit. Having visited many open markets in South America, Europe, and Asia, the Eastern Market ranks highly in size, color, and most of all, its convivial atmosphere. Local entrepreneurs offer everything from sublime sweet potato bisque soup to pierogis in several flavors. Tuesdays and Saturdays, when Eastern Market is open to the public, see the various sheds teaming with shoppers and take you back to the days when Detroit was a booming and thriving city. And family farmers boast some of the most beautiful fruits and vegetables that rival anything grown in California or Florida. Local entrepreneurs selling their wares offer hope that Detroit can rebuild and stand tall as an example of economic resilience. Wander away from the market and fields of wildflowers will greet you, too. Whether you seek collards large enough to cloth you, cabbages larger than basketballs, or peaches and tomatoes that burst with flavor, Eastern Market, a short hop from downtown Detroit, is not to be missed. It is a window on what is so fantastic about Michigan and Detroit.