Macomb County farmers markets offer more than just local produce

Macomb County’s farmers markets know how to keep us coming back for more.

The concept of a farmers market is simple. People come together to sell their fresh, homegrown goods to the public—anything from fruits and veggies to soaps and candles. It’s a cheerful, pleasant atmosphere as people stroll among the booths, choosing their favorite products to buy.

But there’s more to it than that.

Many farmers markets also offer special events throughout the summer, ranging from car shows to cooking demonstrations. Whatever your interest, their special events are sure to keep your summer fresh!

Check out some of Macomb County’s summer farmers market events here!

Mount Clemens:
July 23
Family Day
Time: All day
A fun-filled day with something for everyone in the family. A variety of local service agencies will be sharing valuable information with our customers and their families.

Aug. 13
Battle of the Chefs
Time: Starts at 9 a.m.
Cheer on culinary teams of local chefs, battling it out “Iron Chef”-style. The chefs have one hour to prepare a dish of their own creation with fresh ingredients selected that morning. Our panel of judges will carefully compare and decide who will be judged Mount Clemens Farmers Market Best Chef 2016! Don’t miss the delicious suspense and excitement!

Aug. 27
Corn/Pig Roast and Customer Appreciation Day
Time: 9 a.m. until sold out
Cost: 50 cents
There is nothing better than locally-grown, fresh-picked sweet corn roasted to perfection, hot off the grill! Stahl’s Market will also be there with their delicious roasted pork sandwiches. The Mount Clemens Farmers Market always appreciates your support of our market, but once a year, we take a day to remind you that you are the best customers in southeast Michigan!

New Baltimore:
Aug. 21
Corn Roast & Summer Fun Day
Time: All day
Corn Roast on site with free ear of farm-fresh grilled corn for visitors, summer fun activities, music and food.

Shelby Township:
July 24
Easy Rodders Car Show, Swap Meet and Craft Show
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join us rain or shine at this wonderful event at Packard Proving Grounds! A portion of all proceeds will go to EUP Special Olympics of Michigan and the JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Many awards and prizes will be given out!

July 30
Holistic Health Fair
Time: All day
Learn about health and wellness at the health fair!

Sterling Heights:
Have you ever wondered where your meat and vegetables come from? Now you will have the opportunity each week to meet and talk with your market growers and artisans who provide only the freshest, juiciest, Michigan-made products. We will also be accepting EBT, so no family will be turned away. The market will run rain or shine. The Music in the Park series will run through Aug. 25.

2016 Monthly Cooking Demonstrations:
Aug. 18: Chef Frank Turner
Sept. 1: Chef Brian Kanak

Jenna Russell is a summer intern at the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She is a junior at Oakland University.

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