While grocery stores are offering more and more fresh, organic and locally produced goods, farmers markets are still the best way to keep the middlemen out of your farm-to-table experience. And summer is best time to get out and check out your local farmers markets.
Several local markets, like Allen Street Farmers Market and Holt Farmers Market, run year-round indoor markets that sell baked goods and hearty produce during the colder months. But these markets overflow into their parking lots when the summer hits, offering a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Other markets hibernate for the winter, then reemerge and set up shop in parking lots and parks as the weather gets warmer.
And it’s more than just food.
Many markets feature vendors selling craft goods, flowers and even locally made alcohol. Some markets use live music to sweeten the deal, while others offer prepared foods like tacos and ice cream.
Check out our farmers market guide, then get out and check out a market near you. With over 20 markets in the tricounty area, you have plenty of options.
For more information about local farmers markets and food assistance programs, check out the Michigan Farmers Market Association at mifma.org.
Market Selection Key:
(P) Produce, (O) Organic, (D) Dairy, (M) Meat, (FH) Fish, (PF) Prepared Food, (C) Crafts, (DG) Dry Goods, (BG) Baked Goods, (IG) International Goods, (F) Flowers, (LM) Live Music, (A) Alcohol
Food Benefit Program Key:
(S) SNAP, (B) Bridge Card, (DU) Double Up, (WIC) WIC Project Fresh, (MF) Market Fresh
Allen Street Farmers Market
P, O, D, M, PF, C, DG, BG, IG, F, LM S, B, DU, WIC, MF
2:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, year round (outdoor market May 20-Oct.14). Allen Market Place, 1611 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 999-3911, allenmarketplace.org/ farmers-market.
Bath Farmers Market
P, PF, DG, BG, IG, F, LM S, B, DU, WIC, MF 3-7 p.m. Thursday, year round (outdoor market May-October). James Couzens Memorial Park, 13751 Main St., Bath. (512) 809-4433, bathtownship.us.
Bellevue Farmers Market
P, D, PF, DG, BG, F, IG, LM, A S, B, DU, WIC 3-6 p.m. Thursday, June-September.
Washington Park at Main Street and Mill Street, Bellevue. (269) 720-2279, battlecreekfarmersmarket.com.
Charlotte DDA Farmers Market
P, D, BG, DG, F, C, LM WIC
3-7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June-October. 100 block of Harris Street, Charlotte. (517) 543- 2681.
Charlotte Artisans and Farmers Market
P, O, PF, C, BG, LM WIC
3-7 p.m. Thursday and 9-1 p.m. Saturday, May-October. 100 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte. (517) 543-8853.
DeWitt Farmers Market
P, D, M, PF, C, DG, BG, IG, F, LM, A S, B
4-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6-Oct. 13. Corner of Bridge and Main streets, DeWitt. (517) 624-0284, dewittdda.org.
Dimondale Farmers Market
P, M, PF, DG, BG, F, LM B, DU, WIC, MF
3-7 p.m. Thursday, June-September; 3-6 p.m. Thursday in October. 136 N. Bridge St., Dimondale. (517) 646-0230, villageofdimondale.org/pages/farmersmarket.aspx.
East Lansing Farmers Market
P, O, D, M, PF, DG, BG, IG, F, LM S, B, DU 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, June 4-Oct. 29.
Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court, East Lansing. (517) 319-6888, cityofeastlansing. com/farmersmarket.
Eaton Rapids Community Farmers Market
P, O, D, PF, C, DG, BG WIC
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Hamlin Court, Eaton Rapids (517) 663-0611.
Eaton Rapids Medical Center Farmers Market
P, O, C, DG, BG, F, LM S, B, DU, WIC, MF
3-6 p.m. Friday, May-October. 1500 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids. (517) 663-9453, eatonrapidsmedicalcenter.org.
Farmers Markets at the Capitol
P, O, D, M, FH, PF, C, BG, IG, F S, B, DU, WIC, MF
10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 27, Aug. 24 and Sept. 21 East Lawn of the Capitol Building, 100 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 432-3381, mifma.org/farmersmarkets-at-the-capitol.
Grand Ledge Farmers Market
P, O, BG, C, M, PF, IG WIC
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May-Oct 28. 525 E. River St., Grand Ledge. (517) 643-1849, glfarm.org
Hartland Farmers Market
P, D, M, PF, C, DG, BG, F
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May-October. 10400 Highland Road, Hartland (810) 599-7603, hartlandchamber.org/ farmers-flea-market.html
Holt Farmers Market
P, D, M, PF, BG, C, IG, F, LM S, B, DU, WIC, MF 2-6 p.m. Friday (mini-market), 9 a.m.-2
p.m. Saturday, year round (summer market May 2-Nov. 28) 2150 S. Cedar St., Holt. (517) 268-0024, holtfarmersmarket.org.
Howell Farmers Market
P, O, D, M, FH, PF, C, DG, BG, IG, F, LM
B, DU, WIC 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May-October. Corner of State and Clinton streets, Howell. (517) 546-3920, howell.org.
Mason Area Farmers Market
P, O, D, M, FH, PF, C, DG, BG, F,
LM 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 8-Sept. 30; 6-8p.m. July 6 and 20, Aug. 10 and 24, and Sept. 14. 100 block of East Maple Street, Mason. (517) 676-4175.
Meridian Township Farmers Market
P, O, D, M, FH, PF, DG, BG, IG, F, LM S, B, DU, WIC, MF 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May-June; 8
a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, July-October. Central Park, 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos. (517) 712-2395, meridian.mi.us.
Open Air Market of Stockbridge
P, O, M, PF, C, DG, BG, IG, F, LM
4-7 p.m. Friday, May-October. 125 S. Clinton St., Stockbridge. (517) 851-7437, facebook.com/ openairmarketofstockbridge
Old Red Mill Farmers Market
P, D, BG, F, C, O, M, DG,
WIC 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June-October. Old Red Mill on Water Street, Portland.
(517) 647- 6777, facebook.com/oldredmillfarmersmarket.
Peckham Farms Market
10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, May- October. 5408 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing (517) 316-4102, peckhamfarms.org
South Lansing Farmers Market
P, O, PF, M, D, C, BG, F, LM, S, B, WIC, DU, MF
3-7 p.m. Thursday, May-October. If it is raining, the farmers market will move indoors. 800 W. Barnes Ave., Lansing. (517) 374-5700, southlansing.org
St. Johns Farmers Market
P, O, D, C, DG, BG, F
WIC 8 a.m.- noon Saturday, June 11-Oct. 22. Maple Street, downtown St. Johns. (989) 224-7863
Westside Farmers Market
B, S, WIC, DU, MF
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. third Wednesday of the month, June-September. Corner of Pine and Ottawa, First Presbyterian Church. (517) 230-7878, nwlansing. org.
Williamston Farmers Market
P, O, D, M, PF, C, DG, BG, IG, F, LM S, B, DU, WIC, MF
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May-October. McCormick Park, Williamston. (517) 719- 6193, williamston-mi.us/ourcommunity/ farmersmarket.aspx.