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Best Farm Markets and U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables Around Detroit

Updated on September 2, 2013
Shed 3 of three sheds at the Detroit Eastern Market, in business since 1891.
Shed 3 of three sheds at the Detroit Eastern Market, in business since 1891. | Source

Ways to Save Money On Food

Farmers' Markets and U-Pick produce farms provide an effective way to save money on weekly grocery bills. Not only are prices often less expensive at these places for local produce grown in your own hometown area, but they offer other advantages. Inn fact, buying larger quantities of local produce allows you to preserve and can it for future use at a good price.

Some food banks even accept donations of fruits and vegetables canned by local residents.

Detroit and Wayne County

Summer, Labor Day, and Harvest Season

Labor Day can be an excellent day to visit a local farm, because many of them plan family-friendly activites for the Labor Day Weekend. The good food items you purchase go beyond that initial fun.

Michigan is the home of goopd tasting crops of blackberries (my favorite), blueberries, red and black raspberries, and peaches. You can find all of these fruit crops at U-Pick farm markets.

Apple picking starts at the end of August and increases on Labor Day, while corn mazes are already built for the Harvest Season holidays.

Farmers' Markets in Detroit

Detroit Eastern Market, 6 Blocks of Marketplace Operating Since 1891

Average customer review on = 4.5 out of 5.0. People love it.

Location: Off I-75 at 2934 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207. Phone: 313-833-9300. Always call markets and farms first before a visit and ensure they are open and what fruits and vegetables are ready for purchase and picking.

Some Saturdays, game meats and grass fed beef are available. Food items come from Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario Province in Canada (just across the Detroit River).

On Tuesdays from July through October and during Thanksgiving Week, additionnal markets operate. On these special days, cooking demos are held, exercise classes, and other fun community based activities.

It's fun to go to the market. During the entire year, a wholesale market operates Molnday - Friday for the city's groceries and restaurants. It's quite busy. In 2014, the market administration decided to offer Made In Michigan items in a special Sunday Market.

For convenience , the market accepts cash and various credit and debit cards as well as the MIchigan Bridge Card that helps lower income familes with food.

This fabulous farm market is fun for everyone, with over 250 different vendors. A popular art gallery is located among the market vendors in a parmanent building. One 118-year-old company became the 1887 Devries Cheese Shop in 2013.

Staff bring in pumpkins for purchase and you can check out large collections of them for your Jack-o'-Lantern and piemaking. Plan to spend some time here, becuse the market has a concessions stand for refreshments when you want to rest or to have a meal.

This market provides a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables for customers' pleasure durinkg 12 hours each Saturday, 5:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is a true Market Day of old and this schedule harkens back to the old farmers' market' of the late 1800s and early 1900s, when farmers brought crops to market in the city on Saturdays and purchased their own needs in the general store. Sometimes, they had a haircut at the barber shop that day as well. On some Saturday nights, a barn dance was also held.

Mobile Farm Markets

This is provided by Detroit Eastern Market every day Monday through Friday at locations around Detroit.

Additional Markets

Wayne State University Farmers' Market - Wednesdays 11am - 4pm on Cass Avenue.

Peaches and Greens - 8838 3rd St., Detroit, MI 48202 Phone:(313) 870-9210. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Royal Oak Farmers Market - 316 E. Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak. MI. Phone: (248) 246-3276. Fridays from May through December from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm. Saturdays all year, same hours. Farm market and flea market.

D-Town Farm Market - 14027 West Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48239. This is an actual urban farm that produces organic vegetables, mushrooms, honey from eight bee hives, and food grown in hoop houses year-round. Open from Mid-June through Late October on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00am - 12:30pm.

Several smaller markets are held during harvesting seasons throughout the streets of Detroit on various days of the week.

Eastern Farm Market
Eastern Farm Market | Source
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2934 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207
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D-Town Urban FarmHoop house/greenhouseBee hives
D-Town Urban Farm
D-Town Urban Farm | Source
Hoop house/greenhouse
Hoop house/greenhouse | Source
Bee hives
Bee hives | Source
  • Annual D-Town Farm Harvest Festival: Saturday, September 21 and Sunday September 22 in 2013 from Noon to 6:00 pm. Lots of activities and education workshops, including urban farm tours (7.5 acres), children’s fun, bee-keeping, breastfeeding, gardening and composting; live music, food demos, and many vendors.

D-Town Urban Farm and Farm Stand

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U-Pick/We Pick Farms with Family Activities and Events

Bird's Big Punk'ns - U-Pick Pumpkins and Red Raspberries,

  • 16750 Hannan, Romulus, MI 48174. Phone: (734) 941-1037.
  • September through October, 10:00am until dark.

Apple Charlies - Apples, cider, hay rides, haunted Barn of Blood.

  • 38035 S. Huron, New Boston, MI. Toll Free Phone: (866) 753-5307.
  • August through October, 8:00am to 8:00pm; November through December, 8:00am to Dark.

Sandy Acres Blueberry Farm

  • 38093 Judd Road, Belleville, MI 48111. Phone: (734) 657-2828. Tuesdays 9:00am to 7:00pm; Thursdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and Sundays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Payment is Cash Only.
  • Children welcomed for picking when accompanied by adults.



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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Detroit still has some ery good things happening, doesn't it? Thanks for all the comments!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I will have this in agenda. Very useful and interesting hub.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Absolutely I too feel the same about such places the aroma of fresh produce is unique and indeed you have shared wonderful hubs. I enjoy reading your work.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for the valuable information! It's great to know that some food donation centers accept locally canned goods. Very cool.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @DDE -- I love these places since I was a little girl. The aromas are unmatched anywhere.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the photo and great places for fruit and vegetables sold on many sides of streets fresh produce is a lovely thought