When you think of summer, what comes to mind?
For me, it’s all about sipping lemonade on the beach, having picnics with friends and, of course, strolling through farmers markets. Something about seeing all those fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies (as well as baked goods, coffee, eggs, honey, jellies, syrups, soaps and flowers!) always reminds me why summer is my favorite season.
The benefits of shopping at a farmers market are abundant. Fruits and vegetables are at their peak in both flavor and nutrition, and markets often have unique options you may not always find in your grocery store. Farmers markets sell fruits and veggies in their natural state, which helps fight grocery stores’ annual 33 million-ton waste of “ugly” food. Food and other products are made right in your neighbors’ homes and farms, so they don’t have to be trucked across the country, polluting the air. And, of course, you’re giving back to your own community by shopping locally!
Macomb County has ample farmers markets, so there’s sure to be one near you. For more information on Macomb’s farmers markets, visit our Make Macomb Your Home website.
Mount Clemens Farmers Market
May 7 – Nov. 19, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
141 North River Road
Mount Clemens downtown market
July 15 – Sept. 16, Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Gratiot and Pine Street
New Baltimore Farmers Market
June 5 – Oct. 16, Sundays from 8 a.m. -1 p.m.
Washington Street between Main and Front streets
Romeo Farmers Market
May 16 – Oct. 24, Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Downtown Romeo at the Village Park, one block west of Main Street, off 32 Mile
Shelby Township Farmers Market
May 14 – Oct. 22, Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave.
St. Clair Shores Farmers Market
May 22- Sept. 25, The fourth Sunday of the month, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Blossom Heath/Wahby Park on Jefferson
Sterling Heights Dodge Park Farmers Market
June 4 – Oct. 29, Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
40620 Utica Road
Warren Farmers Market
City Square location: May 5 – Oct. 25, Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Owen Jax location: July 6 – Sept. 19, Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jenna Russell is a summer intern for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. She is a junior at Oakland University.