In my efforts to allocate most of my food budget toward local growers this summer, I stumbled upon a great treasure, this printable list of West Michigan area farmers markets, complete with contact info, location and hours. The famous Fulton street market is listed of course; but others less well-known around Grand Rapids include Thursday’s Westside farmer’s market and Southeast Area farmer’s market, and even a market on the GVSU campus Wednesday afternoons.
The list consists of 27 markets in total and extends as far as South Haven, Muskegon and Montague, so keep it handy when you’re traveling or send to friends and family sprawled around the state. The next step would be to red-dot each market out on a wall map of West Michigan and devise a strategy for hitting all of them; there’s a market open every day but Sunday! We still won’t have long to rest though, as the next three months of Sunday’s Artisan’s market on Fulton starts June 14.
Summer shopping is finally here – in case you’re wondering why spend your spare change in town, check out the findings of this Grand Rapids economic study. Do I really need to make the case for local produce? Just in case, check out this piece on GMO’s. Knowing and supporting the source of your food is priceless!