Essentially, Eastern Market is a mini city. With a number of restaurants, clothing vendors and other shops operating in this area, it’s become one of the busiest districts in Detroit. All these spots are open daily; however, the weekend market is the opportune time to visit. The Saturday Market hosts the vendors, with a main focus on fresh and local produce. On Sunday, the Eastern Market district operates as a street market with stands selling local foods, flowers, and antique goods. There is an Eastern Market pavilion, located in the center of the district that houses local farm vendors. The surrounding shops, however, all function according to the weekend market. Some note-worthies are: Supino Pizzeria and Russell Street Deli.
Located in the historic district of Corktown, Corktown Farmers Market is dedicated to providing the local community with chemical-free food products, along with other vendors. There are a variety of vendors whose goods range from handcrafted marshmallows (Detroit Marshmallow Co.) to Motor City Soap’s handmade vegan soap to What Up Dough’s cookie dough and ice cream sandwiches. Corktown’s Detroit Institute of Bagels – a new and highly popular bagel shop that specializes in artful bagel sandwiches, is open during market hours as well. Although this farmers market is heavily food-based, the surrounding shops in Corktown offer vintage clothing to distillery tasting rooms (Two James). Other Corktown note-worthies: Gold Cash Gold and the new-ish vintage store El Dorado General Store. Thursdays from 4-7 pm.
By Kate Harrington