On Saturday mornings (and Tuesdays, in the summer-fall seasons), the historic Eastern Market makes downtown Detroit come alive with a vibrant bustle of farmers and home cooks who shop to the soundtrack of live music from local street artists under three enormous shed structures. So many fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, wholesale meat and specialty foods like Mystic Kettle Corn, McClure’s Pickles and Avalon breads make it impossible to visit all the vendors in a single afternoon. The jaw-droppingly low prices for produce serves as a great reminder to the community that Michigan has around ten million acres of farmland and is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation. Be sure to bring a cart or large reusable bag, and plenty of cash!
There aren’t many options for takeout food at the market but the enormous, thin-crust slices at Supino’s are considered the best pizza in Michigan, although its best to order that Affumicata (prosciutto, mozzarella, smoked Gouda, ricotta) on a non-market day, otherwise the line can get crazy. Eastern Market also hosts not-to-miss seasonal events like Flower Day in May (one of the biggest flower shows in the country).