What's in season at our Great Lakes Bay farmers markets right now? Glad you asked, because along with fresh-produce-finds and one-of-a-kinds, the hottest thing available at our markets is something new: the opportunity to bring home fresh and fabulous flavors year-round!
What was once a May - October experience is now four full seasons of market goodness at these Go Great hotspots, making possible the opportunity to take in earthen goods, floral and fresh-baked scents and artisan selections year-round! Read on to meet the markets of Great Lakes Bay that you can joyously frequent in any and every season.
The Spot: 401 Center Avenue, Ste. 100, Bay City
The Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., closed Sundays & Mondays
Located in the Go Great Lakes Bay neighborhood of Downtown Bay City, City Market just opened its doors on June 13, and welcomed the public to an at-capacity market with more than 30 vendors! Set your sights on City Market to enjoy everything from whole leaf teas and fresh-brewed coffee to handmade, artisan goods, locally-sourced produce, poultry and other meat selections - an apothecary to a microgreens farm - and cookies, cupcakes and even a juice bar!
City Market Musts:
- Do print and peruse this map of City Market, and consider the following to make the most of your experience:
- Stock up on fresh ingredients to cook with at home, and find seasonal recipe inspiration here
- Check City Market's Market Buzz and Events page. Time your visit to include demonstrations, tastings and even "Balloon Animals" for wee wanderers.
- Visit hungry, but good luck choosing between the market's farm-to-table restaurant, Sambuca Café, Ro Ro's dishes with Mediterranean flair or That Guy's BBQ, each worthy of a visit to City Market in their own right!
- Psst! When you come, free parking can be found here!
And, while in Bay City, check out another year-round, tasty option: 3rd and Johnson Market & Eatery. Located in the Johnson Street Historic District of Bay City (and the coolest nook of a street encompassing a step back into time and progressive footsteps forward), look to 3rd and Johnson for: a year-round market filled with locally-sourced goods, Take-N-Bake suppers and Grab and Go sandwiches made from market ingredients.
The Spot: 534 North Main Street, Frankenmuth
The Farm Store Hours: Wednesday - Friday, 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. & Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Market Hours: Saturdays (through Oct 14), 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. & Wednesdays through Oct 11, 3 - 6 p.m.
With a covered vendor pavilion, gathering barn, farm store and an artisan kitchen, Frankenmuth Farmers Market's mission includes,"...supplying fresh local products and goods, educating growers, producers and consumers, keeping our rural heritage alive, inspiring community, and achieving sustainable growth."
Shop from more than 30 vendors and find yourself in the midst of everything from farm-to-market produce (poultry, beef, locally-sourced fish), fresh baked goods, breads and desserts (like Grand Traverse Pie), and salsa, soaps, kettle corn, cider, honey, herbs, and, and, and...!
Frankenmuth Market Musts:
- Enjoy all of what's available seasonally underneath the covered pavilion, but keep the Farm Store, a farming and gardening product store with locally-made items, on your radar year-round!
- Make sure to check out Frankenmuth Farmers Market's Events page for times, dates and information about the market's infamous: Feast of the Harvest Moon, Christkindlmarkt (a Christmas holiday extravaganza that draws global visitors) and Kids Days for a corn-eating and pit-spitting contest and more.
- Keep tabs on vendor highlights and specials here.
SVRC Marketplace (Coming Spring 2018)
The Spot: 203 South Washington Avenue, Saginaw
Depending on when you
Go Great Lakes Bay, you'll either
have the opportunity to sample local, seasonal fare, fresh baked goods,
florals, organic honey (and even a bowl of gumbo or a classic snow-cone) at the Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market, or,
beginning in Spring 2018, you'll find yourself in and around
the SVRC Marketplace, a transformation-in-the-now redevelopment
of the former Saginaw News building into a 100,000-square-foot hub of market activity. Keep your eyes on the soon-to-be-prize
of SVRC Marketplace in Saginaw here.
Whether you come to one or to all in the spring, summer, winter or fall, you're certain to find palette-pleasers, unique items and all-around enjoyable times at our all-season farmers markets.