Pack up your fresh wanderlust! Our Farmers Markets have awakened and our restaurants are plating locally-sourced creations of seasonal deliciousness - and that means the Great Lakes Bay Region is absolutely alive right now with straight-from-the-farm goodness. Don't miss a sight or pass on a sample of all that's fresh, bountiful and available right here and right now in Pure Michigan!
From Flavored Homegrown Honey to Michigan-made Mead
If you've never been to the Midland Area Farmers Market, don't worry - we won't tell. But do right your wrong on Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 31 from 7 a.m. to noon; food trucks stay until 1 p.m. Located at the end of Ashman Street near the Tridge, this gem is the luscious and local setting of your future foodie daydreams!
- Seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables
- Meat, fish and eggs
- Chocolates, honey, maple products and baked goods
Market Must-Have: Look for Super Bee Apiaries' local honey (and flavored honey options, too), or snag a bar of Goat Milk Soap. Not looking to linger? Grab a map of the market to make bee-lining a breeze.
What to do with your market-fresh goodies? Visit Mercato di O&V in downtown Midland, and learn! Through October, owner Peggy Finger offers free cooking demonstrations on Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. using foods she purchased at the Market!
Flavorful Tip: While you're here, venture into Whichcraft Taproom, and enjoy farm-to-table, locally-sourced foods and a generous selection of Michigan-made craft beer, cider, mead and wine options.
Whichcraft often features the mouthwatering (and farm fresh) creations of Chef Lindsay Truffler. One of her latest decadent morsels? Smoked White Fish Tartine - a French-style, open-faced sandwich she crafted with locally-smoked white fish, locally-grown asparagus, and pickled wild ramps (similar to leeks), all sourced from the Midland Area Farmer's Market.
Keep in mind, Whichcraft's menu changes per market availability, and they're always partnering with local food artisans to change things up and offer new seasonal specialties.
From Shrub Sodas to Freshly-Caught Seafood
Flavor adventures await in the city parking lot at the corner of Washington Avenue and Sixth Street: The Downtown Bay City Farmer's Market! The intimate place-to-be, this market showcases approximately 8 - 10 vendors with locally-grown produce from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays through October 24. The Market also offers flowers, plants, fresh bakery items, soaps, lotions and other items based on availability.
- On-site and street-side parking is ample and free
- Bay City Bakery will be there; don't leave without one or 10 of their artisan bread offerings.
Market Must-Have: Look for Corrion Farm's seasonal plant and produce selections. (Psst! Market regulars rave about Corrion's cantaloupe!)
Flavorful Tip: Close by the Market, Harless + Hugh Coffee offers five flavors of Summer Shrub Sodas. Harless + Hugh combines their locally-sourced, hand-crafted, small-batch shrub (drinking vinegar) with hop soda from Michigan-based Proper Soda Co., and mint, lime, or ginger , to create flavors including the "Pineapple + Fennel" and "Ginger + Lime", the owner's favorite. Cheers!
Visit Uptown Bay City's Real Seafood Co. for fresh, locally-sourced decadence. Dine inside or out, and enjoy views of our region's freshwater resource, The Saginaw River. The Sauteed Whitefish, sourced from Lake Superior, is served with a white wine cherry sauce, with dried cherries from Traverse City, Mich.
Prefer fresh vegetarian or vegan fare? Heather's Restaurant's diverse menu includes veg (and meat!) options, and will surely please your palette. Enjoy the tomato mozzarella salad, black bean burger (and Heather's unique, shabby chic ambiance).
From Game-Changing Gumbo to Duck Egg Creme Brulee
Astoundingly-low prices, gorgeous flowers and tasty vegetables, grass-fed beef and farm-fresh eggs. A trip to the Downtown Saginaw Farmer's Market and Frankenmuth Farmer's Market will surely provide all of the above.
Downtown Saginaw Farmers' Market
- Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; beginning July 11, Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., too, at 507 S. Washington Ave.
- Keep your ears to the ground - this already-incredible market has plans to expand to a nearby indoor location (203 S. Washington Ave., the former Saginaw News building) to make farm-fresh goodness available through every season with a year-round indoor farmers market! Other plans include an indoor market place, retail and food vendors, and incubator commercial kitchen space!
Market Must-Have: Catch lunch on-site at Dude's Gumbo or Taco Ole' (P.S. The beef burritos are to-die-for), or walk up the block to Saginaw's farm-to-table favorite, Bradley's Bistro. Market availability is prepared into glorious options like Sweet Corn Poblano Hummus, Pastrami with homemade sauerkraut, fresh Mahi Mahi Tacos, or Pan-Roasted Rack of Lamb drizzled in a Local Honey Demiglace atop an Artichoke and Chickpea Pilaf and Roasted Brussel Sprouts. Are we hungry yet?
Frankenmuth Farmer's Market:
- Open Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (through October 17), and Wednesdays from 3 - 6 p.m. (through September 30) at 544 North Main Street, next to Frankenmuth Credit Union.
After you indulge at one (or both!) of these markets, here are a few more stops for your tasty to-do list:
Do: Visit Michigan On Main Bar & Grill inside Frankenmuth's Bavarian Inn. The establishment is known for its focus on Michigan-based products (including craft beers), local sourcing and seasonality.
Don't: Leave without enjoying a cold, Michigan-brewed Bell's Oberon alongside Michigan On Main's Oberon Glazed Wings!
Do: Put The Maple Grille in Hemlock on your farm-fresh travel itinerary. Situated on six acres, many ingredients are harvested on site and cooked solely from an outdoor, wood-fired kitchen!
Don't: Underprepare. (Think elastic waistbands, seriously). Locally-grown Spinach Dip w/ Flatbread, Merrill-raised lamb , Wood-Fired Duck Egg Crème Brulee. Need we say more?
One Last Bite
- Budget-Friendly: Our local farmers markets accept alternative forms of payment including Michigan Bridge Card, debit cards, credit cards, WIC Project FRESH coupons and Market FRESH for Seniors.
- U-Pick Your Passion: Looking to get your hands right in on the action? U-pick farms and orchards are as plentiful as the varieties available for picking.
- Barn-Inspired: If a true, on-the-farm experience is what you long for, Pure Michigan is the place that can provide. Get your overalls ready!