August 29: Today, Tim and I (and my parents) took the kids to Detroit’s Eastern Market. Billed as “the largest historic public market district in the United States,” the area features an enormous farmers market with every type of produce imaginable (and cheap!) along with a variety of meat/fish markets, grocery stores, wholesales, etc. in the blocks directly adjacent to the farmers market. The diversity of products for sale along with the people at the market is great, and really adds to the atmosphere.
I didn’t really have any plans other than to buy some items in the farmers market (whatever fruits/vegetables struck our fancy, really), but we walked through the farmers market first, then visited a number of shops, then went back to the farmers market to make some purchases. The kids were also able to pick out some “penny” (i.e. bulk – certainly not a penny) candy at Rocky Peanut Company, courtesy of the handful of quarters that my dad gave each kid. They really had fun with that.
Once we got back to the farmers market – located in four vast “sheds,” as they’re called – we perused the stalls to find the best looking and best priced produce. That wasn’t hard, since it all looked good (and most was locally grown – either in Michigan or just over the border in Canada) and most of the prices were similar. We ended up with corn on the cob, bluberries (Little Sister’s request), green peppers, red/yellow/orange peppers, tomatoes (ours just aren’t ripening fast enough to keep up with how many we want to eat), cucumbers, and a package of bakery cookies (Book Boy’s request). Everything we purchased was grown in Michigan, with the exception of the red/yellow/orange peppers, which were grown in the Windsor area, which is just across the river from Detroit.
It’s so much more fun (not to mention tastier!) than buying produce at the grocery store.