Detroit is quickly growing into a popular destination for travel once again. From sports to parks to markets, Detroit has something for everyone. Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan, is the largest historic fresh market in the United States. The almost 5-acre space has something to offer everyone to nourish both the body and the soul. With a wide selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, specialty foods, as-well-as a huge offering of music and art, the market offers a one-stop shopping experience. William Bailey Travel reviews this unique Detroit attraction and what makes it special.
Each Saturday the Market is filled with local farmer’s freshest fruits and vegetables. In addition handmade gifts are available and wares from local artists and musicians can be purchased on-site. In the peak seasons the market is home to more than 150 vendors and hosts festivals, cooking demonstrations and other fun events.
During football season, the Eastern Market offers a tailgating experience in their parking lot on game days. For a $40 fee guests have access to a great space for cooking, gathering, and interacting with other Lions fans prior to (and during) the game. Passes are available for purchase online through PayPal or can be purchased on at the Eastern Market Office (2934 Russell Street) or the Welcome Center (1445 Adelaide Street) on game day. Lots open at 7am and close an hour after the game. Shuttles run between the lot and the stadium at ten minute intervals on game day. It is a great place to connect with other Lions fans.
There are plenty of local businesses to visit if you feel like exploring more of the area after your day at the market. Within a few blocks travelers will find exciting stops such as: The Gratiot Central Market, which offers a wide array of beef, barbecue, and specialty meats at affordable prices. In addition they carry local cheeses and wines from the Michigan vendors Also nearby is the Detroit Market Garden, a pilot program created with the idea of creating a sustainable greenspace in Detroit. The garden grows food that is consumed by the local community and also sold at local markets. There are also a variety of workshops available on-site to assist the community in learning how to expand greenspaces to other areas of the city.
The Eastern Market is located at 2934 Russell Street, in Detroit. Hours vary throughout the year and can be found online at easternmarket.com.