Detroit’s Eastern Market

Confession time: when people ask me where I’m from, I’ll tell them that I’m from a far northern Detroit suburb, or that I live about an hour from Detroit – but sometimes I’ll add the qualifier, “but it’s not really that close to Detroit.” I say it as a defense mechanism, I guess – as though my geographical proximity to Detroit is something to be ashamed of.

The thing is – it’s easy to get down on Detroit, and people do it all the time. But there are also plenty of things to celebrate about it, and maybe we should start focusing on those too. I was reminded of this fact during the Super Bowl, when they showed the Chrysler commercial about Detroit – my Facebook newsfeed exploded with all my friends posting status updates filled with Detroit pride. And I was reminded of this again today as my mom and I visited the Eastern Market.

I kept hearing about the market from various friends, and when my mom mentioned hearing about it earlier this week, I knew it was finally time to go. First – I was amazed by the size of it. It’s a serious farmers’ market. Second – I was blown away by the prices. They were so super reasonable; I wish I lived closer so I could go there more often! And third – the atmosphere was fantastic. Street musicians, vendors chanting out their products, and so many different, diverse people roaming the booths. Who knew Detroit had something like this, the kind of place that leaves you happy and hopeful and energized? And yes, it is something to be proud of.

My mom and I loved the market – we explored a lot of it, but I think we both felt like there was still more we could have covered. I definitely plan to go back! We came home with a ton of loot – we’ve already put some of it to good use, and I can’t wait to use the rest. Here’s what we bought:

  • Zucchini
  • Sweet corn
  • McClure’s pickles
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Zingerman’s soft pretzels
  • Asparagus
  • 2 house plants
  • 6 perennial plants

And here are some other things that caught my eye –

Love sunflowers – so bright and cheerful and fun:

Psychedelic roses. I want to know how they made these:

Tons of fresh asparagus:

There were so many cool looking small plants. And, I’ll say it again – the prices were unbelievably reasonable:

Peppers in so many bright colors. I swear to you, I did not know that orange peppers existed before today:

McClure’s pickles – I had to buy a jar of these. I love how fresh and natural they taste – so different from supermarket pickles. Also, I did a quick nutrition fact comparison – and it’s mind-blowing how much less sodium these pickles have compared to supermarket ones:

Tons of veggies:

And I just thought the “hot” and “sweet” signs were cute:

So, yeah, go Detroit.

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