Farmers markets are totally in, it’s no secret. Over the years, farmers markets have evolved from roadside corn stands into magic-making social gatherings where consumers can shop, explore, and connect with other like-minded individuals.
But what do farmers markets look like this year due to the pandemic? For some farmers and vendors, it means closed doors. For others, with a few modifications and closely followed contingency plans, they’re here to meet the needs of local families like yours. Below you will find a list of local farmers markets up and running to serve you during this weird time.
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FARMERS MARKETS OPERATING:
Ann Arbor Farmers Market | 315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Farmers Market will be operating on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market will reopen in phases which began May 9 for pre-order curbside pickups only. They will adhere to safety protocols put in place to ensure the safety of staff, vendors, and customers. You will arrange your order directly with the vendor.
Birmingham Farmers Market | 666 N. Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham
Birmingham Farmers Market will operate on a drive-through basis. Their current hours will be 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each Sunday in Public Parking Lot 6. This year may look different as it will host no live entertainment or kids zone.
Brighton Farmers Market | 200 N. 1st Street, Brighton
Brighton Farmers Market will open May 16 and each Saturday thereafter from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to observing social distancing guidelines, shopping within the market will be limited to 200 guests at a time moving through the vendor area via a one-way path starting at the 200 N. 1st Street entrance. Organizers request that everyone make purchases in a timely manner to keep lines moving.
Eastern Market | 2934 Russell Street, Detroit
Eastern Market is remaining open and offering additional hand sanitizer for shoppers. Shoppers can also connect directly with vendors and local businesses who are adapting their offerings during this time. One of their latest COVID-19 initiatives is dropping off fresh produce to Alternatives For Girls, a nonprofit organization serving homeless and at-risk girls and young women.
Farmington Farmers Market | 33316 Grand River Avenue, Farmington
Farmington Farmers Market will be operating each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is operating as a pre-order, pre-pay, walk-up market. Most farmers plan to offer what they’re calling “Farmers Choice Boxes” with a sampling of what they’ve grown that you can buy on-site. They will be adhering to strict precautions when they open on May 16.
Hartland Farmers Market | 10400 Highland Road, Hartland
The Hartland Farmers Market opened on May 9 and will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rural King parking lot near the intersection of Highland Road (M-59) and US-23. Vendors are taking precaution by wearing masks, hand sanitizer is supplied, and social distances are being observed.
Oakland County Farmers Market | 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
Oakland County Farmers Market will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visitors will see differences due to the pandemic that are meant to protect the health and safety of consumers, vendors, and staff. Food sampling is no longer an option. Shoppers are required to wear masks inside the market. Shoppers and vendor numbers will be limited inside the building to less than 50 at one time. For now, they have cancelled all special events, cooking demonstrations, and educational programming through May 30 and will reassess monthly.
Mount Clemens Farmers Market | 141 N. River Road, Mount Clemens
The Mount Clemens Farmers Market opened on May 2 and will be open each Friday and Saturday following from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New Baltimore Farmers Market | 50976 Washington Street, New Baltimore
New Baltimore Farmers Market will be opening on May 17 and will be operating 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday with proper social distancing and safety standards in place. This market accepts SNAP, EBT, and food stamps.
Northville Farmers Market | Corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon Roads, Northville
Northville Farmers Market will be operating each Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exclusive hours for senior citizens & guests with compromised immune systems take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. This year, no dogs are allowed.
Plymouth Farmers Market | 736 Penniman Avenue, Plymouth
Plymouth Farmers Market will be open on May 16, operating from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday. They are adhering to state guidelines involving social distancing, sanitation requirements, the number of people allowed in an area of the market, and more.
Shelby Farmers Market | 49965 Van Dyke Avenue, Shelby Township
Shelby Farmers Market will be operating each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be incorporating social distancing, face masks, hand washing stations, gloves, and any measure available to help keep consumers safe.
Royal Oak Farmers Market | 316 E 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
Royal Oak Farmers Market will be operating each Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone entering the building must have a face mask/covering and follow social distancing and safe hygiene practices. Valet parking is suspended at this time.
Vanhoutte Farms | 69475 Romeo Plank Road, Armada
Vanhoutte Farms is still operating in Royal Oak and Oakland. Both locations have enacted policies in accordance with state regulations on face masks and social distancing, in order to bring fresh produce and the livelihood of the farmers market to Detroit during these uncertain times.