West Michigan readers, did you know that many of our markets are open through December or even year round?
This weekend, I took a journey to one such market: Grand Rapids’ Fulton Street Farmers Market, which has been treating GR foodies since 1922. At this time so late in the season, I was admittedly expecting options and vendors to be thinned out, but au contraire, it was utterly overflowing with fall produce and products. Imagine walking through a seemingly never-ending row of farm stands, each piled high with juicy pears, tart grapes, expressive pumpkins, shapely squash, crisp apples, fresh loaves of various breads… One can’t help but salivate, and judging from your responses to the Maple Valley giveaway question, I imagine your minds beginning to swirl with the endless harvest dish possibilities.
At WMTA.org, we have a pretty handy map for finding the closest market, farm, or orchard near you. Whether you’re looking for pumpkins in Traverse City or pears in South Haven, it’s a snap. Check it out and start preparing for your West Michigan agricultural trip using my five farm market quick tips.
- Arrive a bit early for the best picks or a bit late for the best deals.
- Bring your bags and baskets and maybe even a cooler for the car.
- Cash is still king.
- Walk the entire market to see what’s available before you buy.
- Talk to your farmers! They’re proud of their produce and would love to tell you about it