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Hot off the Pasture: Farmers Markets in West Michigan

Written by  Zachary Avery
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Summer is near, which means farmers markets around West Michigan are opening their stalls.

When you want the best produce there is out there, along with cheese, dairy, meats and homemade items from crafters and artists, the farmers market is the place to be. 

They all offer something a little different though, so here’s our round-up of some of the great farmers markets West Michigan has to offer.

Fulton Street Market

1145 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids

This year-round market will very soon be entering its main season, and we could not be more excited (or hungry). With over 100 open booths for rotating vendors and family farms, the Fulton Street Market offers a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and plenty of unique artisan products made by local crafters and artists. And who can beat that location: Right in the heart of Grand Rapids!

Kentwood Farmers Market

4900 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood

Running every Thursday from June 16 through September 29, the Kentwood Farmers Market is bringing on new vendors like Handbreadth Homestead, a family farm using heirloom plants, and Maven’s Microgreens, offering pea shoots, radish, and more. The market also has a “Food Navigator” every week to give you easy and delicious recipes, food assistance program information, and food samples highlighting seasonal produce. The market also offers flowers, bath and body products, and more.

Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery

11999 Cascade Rd. SE, Lowell

Starting every morning before sunrise, the family operated Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery will soon be sliding out trays of freshly baked doughnuts, pastries and bread from their large ovens. The mouth-watering scent of their bakery blends well with the impressive array of delicious tomatoes, brussel sprouts and other fresh produce in the market. And don’t forget to grab a cup of fresh-squeezed cider for your trip to the corn maze! It’s a big one. You’ll want to stay hydrated.

Holland Farmers Market

150 W. 8th St., Holland

Fresh flowers? Check. Chocolatier? Check. Soft pretzels and breakfast tacos? Check and check. The Holland Farmers Market is not just for produce. In fact, forget your grocery list and come ready to treat yourself. Beyond all the farm-fresh staples you’d expect at a good market, the Holland Farmers Market kicks things up a notch with a food court, providing ready-to-eat treats that range from sweet to savory. While the Indoor Winter Market is continually open through April at the Holland Civic Center Place, fans of their summer season can happily return May 18.

Kalamazoo Farmers Market

1204 Banks Street, Kalamazoo

Featuring over 100 different vendors every week, the Kalamazoo Farmers Market is happy to return to their newly renovated for a wonderful 2022 season! While the market’s opening day is May 7, customers can attend their popular night market on select dates throughout the summer. Come by this ever-growing farmers market for a shopping experience you won’t soon forget!

St. Joseph Farmers Market

Lake Bluff Park

Jams, honey and hearth-baked bread, oh my! This market in the scenic Lake Bluff Park offers all you could imagine, from fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables and so much more! Take in all the sounds and scents of Lake Michigan while you buy some fresh groceries and delicious food!

Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market

15793 James St., Holland

Opening back up in June, this market plans on continuing to offer its incredibly diverse menu of items, from delectable blueberries to raspberry yogurt or chocolate toffee pretzels. Your one-stop shop for fresh fruit and yummy desserts!

Krupp Farms

8025 Krupp Ave. NE, Comstock Park

Located just north of Grand Rapids, this iconic landmark hosts a petting zoo, ice cream shop and playground right alongside their market. And what may have only started with strawberries over 100 years ago now has grown to include a wonderful assortment of asparagus, rhubarb and varieties of raspberries. 

Sandy Bottom Berries

11555 Sandy Bottom Rd NE, Rockford

Bring the whole family together to pick some tasty blueberries and raspberries at the Sandy Bottom Berries farm, where berries are pruned for easy pickings from even the tiniest of fingers. This farm boasts: No GMOs, only OMGs!

Ed Dunneback and Girls

3025 6 Mile Rd. NW, Grand Rapids

After 100 years and four generations, the Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market continues to impress us with their delicious variety of fresh picked cherries, strawberries and apples. And don’t forget to stop by their “Pink Barrel Cellars” for a sampling of different craft beer and hard ciders!

Ada Farmers Market

7239 Thornapple River Drive

Taking place at The Community Church in Ada, this vibrant marketplace is perfect for your next trip out with the family, as the Ada Farmers Market hosts its “Kids in the Market” program every week, offering enhanced children’s activities that’ll keep your little ones entertained while you get some shopping done.

Rockford Farmers Market

27 S Squires St Square

Located in a brand-new city lot near the Rockford post office, this market offers a long list of diverse businesses while also taking part in the SNAP program. If you have a Bridge or P-EBT Card, you can earn significant discounts through their “Double Up Food” program, purchasing up to $20 worth of groceries for half price!

Grand Haven Farmers Market

Chinook Pier, Grand Haven

The Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce proudly manages this expansive farmers market, providing small business owners an opportunity to sell their fresh produce directly to customers. Like many farmers markets, the convenient and beautiful location of Chinook Pier makes this market a community gathering place and hub.

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