Visit a Local Farmers’ Market in August

It’s August and while sadly our beautiful summer season is winding down in Mid-Michigan, one fabulous aspect of summer that really shines this time of year is the local farmers’ market. Grab your favorite basket or bag and head out!

It’s August and while sadly our beautiful summer season is winding down in Mid-Michigan, one fabulous aspect of summer that really shines this time of year is the local farmers’ market. Michigan is predominantly an agricultural state, and the growing season for the large variety of fruits and vegetables grown in Michigan generally peaks in August. This makes it a great time to visit your local farmers’ market.

The Greater Lansing Area boasts several farmers’ markets all around town. If you miss the weekly market in your own community, there are plenty of opportunities throughout Mid-Michigan to purchase local, fresh, and delicious homegrown food.

Farmers‘ Market Schedule

Meridian Township – This bi-weekly market is held at the Meridian Township Hall. It’s open on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Saturday’s market is significantly larger and often includes food trucks with amazing farm-to-table menus. There is usually musical entertainment as well.

East Lansing – The East Lansing Market is held in the Valley Court Park on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. There is a stage at one end of the market that hosts a variety of entertainment, and the nearby playground makes this market a fun place for the whole family.

Allen Market Place – This Lansing Market is found on Kalamazoo Street on the City’s Southside and is open each Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. This market is held year round.

Holt – The Holt Farmers’ Market is held in the former Delhi Township Fire House on Cedar Street. The market is open on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is completely covered so it’s a great place to visit even on rainy days.

Dewitt – This market is held each Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. through October. The market takes place on Bridge Street in charming Downtown Dewitt.

Williamston – This weekly market runs through September and is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in McCormick Park. After perusing the market, you can visit the great shops and restaurants just a block away.

In addition to fresh produce, local farmers’ markets frequently offer homemade soaps, beautiful floral bouquets, cheeses, artisan breads, honey, and grass-fed meats. Farmers’ markets also present you with a great opportunity to talk to growers and learn exactly where your food is coming from, when it was harvested, and what pesticides or insecticides were used in its production.

If you love a fresh, ripe tomato, an ear of sweet corn, or a spicy fresh salsa, grab your favorite basket or grocery bag and visit your local farmers’ market. You won’t be disappointed!

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Julie Stevenson is an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Hubbell Briarwood in Okemos, MI and a graduate of Michigan State University. She is a life-long Michigander and has called the Greater Lansing Area Home for over 25 years. She is a wife, mom and dog lover. In her spare time, Julie enjoys a good glass of wine, traveling with family and cheering for the MSU Spartans. www.jkstevenson.com

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