These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Michigan For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Michigan offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Michigan? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Michigan farmers markets:

  1. Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market , Kalamazoo, MI
  2. Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor, MI
  3. Royal Oak Farmers Market, Royal Oak, MI
  4. Portage Market, Portage, MI
  5. Eastern Market, Detroit, MI
  6. Fulton Street Farmers Market, Grand Rapids, MI
  7. Muskegon Farmers Market, Muskegon, MI
  8. Meridian Township Farmers Market, Okemos, MI
  9. Argus Farm Stop, Ann Arbor, MI
  10. Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Michigan or the cheapest place to live in Michigan.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Michigan?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Michigan, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Wolverine State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Michigan, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market

Kalamazoo Farmer's Market  -- Kalamazoo, MI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 97.1
City: Kalamazoo, MI
Address: 1204 Bank St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Times: Tue: 7:00 AM-2:00 PM Thu: 7:00 AM-2:00 PM Sat: 7:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Ann Arbor Farmers Market

Ann Arbor Farmers Market -- Ann Arbor, MI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 91.4
City: Ann Arbor, MI
Address: 315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Times: Wed: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM Sat: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Royal Oak Farmers Market

Royal Oak Farmers Market -- Royal Oak, MI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 91.4
City: Royal Oak, MI
Address: 316 East 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Times: Fri: 7:00 AM-1:00 PM Sat: 7:00 AM-1:00 PM Sun: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Portage Market

Portage Market -- Portage, MI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 88.6
City: Portage, MI
Address: 320 Library Ln, Portage, MI 49002
Times: Sun: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Eastern Market

Eastern Market -- Detroit, MI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Detroit, MI
Address: 2934 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207
Times: Sat: 6:00 AM-4:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Fulton Street Farmers Market

Fulton Street Farmers Market -- Grand Rapids, MI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Grand Rapids, MI
Address: 1145 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Times: Tue: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM Wed: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM Fri: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Muskegon Farmers Market

Muskegon Farmers Market -- Muskegon, MI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Muskegon, MI
Address: 242 West Western Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440
Times: Tue: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM Thu: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Meridian Township Farmers Market

Meridian Township Farmers Market -- Okemos, MI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: Okemos, MI
Address: 5151 Marsh Rd, Okemos, MI 48864
Times: Wed: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. Argus Farm Stop

Argus Farm Stop -- Ann Arbor, MI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Ann Arbor, MI
Address: 325 W Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Times: Mon: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Tue: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Wed: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Thu: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Fri: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM Sun: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

10. Texas Township Farmers’ Market

Texas Township Farmers' Market -- Kalamazoo, MI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Kalamazoo, MI
Address: 7110 West Q Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Michigan

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Wolverine State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

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Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Michigan

Name City Rank Score
Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market Kalamazoo 1 97.1
Ann Arbor Farmers Market Ann Arbor 2 91.4
Royal Oak Farmers Market Royal Oak 3 91.4
Portage Market Portage 4 88.6
Eastern Market Detroit 5 85.7
Fulton Street Farmers Market Grand Rapids 6 85.7
Muskegon Farmers Market Muskegon 7 85.7
Meridian Township Farmers Market Okemos 8 82.9
Argus Farm Stop Ann Arbor 9 80.0
Texas Township Farmers’ Market Kalamazoo 10 80.0
Midland Area Farmers Market Midland 11 77.1
City Market Bay City 12 77.1
Downtown Market Grand Rapids Grand Rapids 13 74.3
Dixboro Farmers’ Market Ann Arbor 14 74.3
Farmers Markets At The Capitol Lansing 15 74.3
St. Clair Shores Farmers Market St. Clair Shores 16 74.3
Birmingham Farmers Market Birmingham 17 74.3
Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market Traverse City 18 74.3
Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, Farmers Market Royal Oak 19 71.4
Holland Farmers Market Holland 20 71.4
Vantage Point Farmers Market Port Huron 21 71.4
Downtown Marquette Farmers Market Marquette 22 71.4
Ypsilanti Farmers Market – Downtown Ypsilanti 23 71.4
Mount Clemens Farmers Market Mount Clemens 24 71.4
The Village Farmers Market Traverse City 25 71.4
Pittsfield Charter Township Farmers Market Ann Arbor 26 68.6
Lansing City Market Lansing 27 68.6
Sweetwater Local Foods Market Muskegon 28 68.6
East Lansing Farmer’s Market East Lansing 29 65.7
Original Farmers Market Owosso 30 65.7
Farmers’ Market Of Sault Sainte Marie Michigan Sault Ste. Marie 31 65.7
South Lyon Farmer Market South Lyon 32 65.7
Alpena Farmers’ Market Alpena 33 65.7
Battle Creek Farmers Market Battle Creek 34 62.9
Downtown Saginaw Farmers’ Market, Inc. Saginaw 35 62.9
Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market Rochester 36 62.9
Ymca Farmers Market Grand Rapids 37 60.0
Adrian Farmers Market Adrian 38 60.0
Mount Clemens Farmers Market Downtown Mount Clemens 39 60.0
South Lansing Farmers Market Lansing 40 57.1
Farmers & Artisans Market Dearborn Dearborn 41 57.1
Holt Farmers Market Holt 42 57.1
New Baltimore Farmers Market New Baltimore 43 57.1
Shelton’s Farm Market & Garden Center Niles 44 57.1
South East Area Farmers’ Market Grand Rapids 45 54.3
Cobblestone Farmers Market Ann Arbor 46 54.3
Lansing – Old Town Farmers Market Lansing 47 54.3
Kentwood Farmers Market Kentwood 48 54.3
Lincoln Park Farmers Market Lincoln Park 49 54.3
Downtown Bay City Farmers Market Bay City 50 54.3
The Green Market At Allegiance Health Jackson 51 54.3
Downtown Allen Park Farmers Market Allen Park 52 54.3
Wyandotte Farmers Market Wyandotte 53 54.3
Ypsilanti Farmers Market – Depot Town Ypsilanti 54 54.3
City Of Warren Warren 55 51.4
Allen Farmers Market Lansing 56 51.4
Metro Health Farm Market Wyoming 57 51.4
The Novi All Seasons Market – Saturday South Novi 58 51.4
Wayne Farmers Market Wayne 59 51.4
Islandview Farmers Market Detroit 60 48.6
Sowing Seeds Growing Futures Farmers Market Detroit 61 45.7
Monroe County Farmer’s Market Monroe 62 45.7
Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market Detroit 63 42.9
Douglass Farmers’ Market Kalamazoo 64 42.9
Cardinal Square Farmers Market Saginaw 65 42.9
Downtown Jackson Grand River Farmers Market Jackson 66 42.9
Monroe County Growers Association Monroe 67 42.9
Clawson Farmers Market Clawson 68 42.9
Grand Haven Farmer’s Market Grand Haven 69 42.9
Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market Farmington 70 42.9
Wayne State University Farmers Market Detroit 71 40.0
Westland Farmers Market Westland 72 40.0
Sprout’s Fresh On Wheels Veggie Van Battle Creek 73 40.0
Eastpointe Farmers Market Eastpointe 74 40.0
Grand Valley State University Farmers Market Allendale 75 40.0
Melvindale Dda Farmers Market Melvindale 76 40.0
Westside Farmers Market Lansing 77 37.1
The Novi All Seasons Market – Wednesday North Novi 78 37.1
Park Township Farmers Market Holland 79 37.1
Romulus Farmers Market Romulus 80 37.1
Auburn Hills Farmers Market Auburn Hills 81 37.1
Eastside Farmers Market Detroit 82 34.3
Wixom Farmers Market Wixom 83 34.3
Ionia Farmers’ Market Ionia 84 34.3
Heights City Market Muskegon Heights 85 34.3
South East Area Farmers’ Market Grand Rapids 86 31.4
Urban Roots Daily Market Grand Rapids 87 31.4
Cadillac Area Farmers Market Cadillac 88 28.6
Oakland Avenue Farmers Market Detroit 89 25.7
Livonia Farmers Market Livonia 90 25.7
Bronson Winter Farmers’ Market Kalamazoo 91 25.7
Dulce Diamante Farmer Market Detroit 92 22.9
Flint Farmers Market Flint 93 20.0
Hamtramck Farmers Market Hamtramck 94 20.0
Windmill Farmers Market Detroit 95 17.1
Royal Town Farmer’s Market Ferndale 96 17.1
City Of Wayne Farmers’ Market Wayne 97 11.4
Downtown Owosso Farmers Market Owosso 98 2.9
The Old Winery Farmers Market Farmington 99 2.9
Downtown Big Rapids Farmers Market Big Rapids 100 2.9

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