Sunday, February 14, 2016

Exploring Detroit's Eastern Market

It's time to stop hibernating, although it's easy to do this time of year, and hit the road for some big city farmers market shopping. Eastern Market in Detroit provides that vibe along with an endless array of locally grown produce and handmade products. 

The largest historic market in the country, Eastern Market consists of five sheds or large buildings that are heated during the winter months - good thing because it is cold in Michigan this time of year.

A vendor offers fresh pastries at Eastern Market.

In addition to the fresh produce vendors, the market offers art, jewelry and Michigan-made products. 

During peak months, especially during the Michigan harvest, more than 150 vendors fill the corridors. The market is open every Saturday year round from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Handmade items are in abundance at the market.

Free parking exists all around the area making it convenient to visit the market as well as its 100 surrounding shops, restaurants, cafes and meat and seafood markets. 

The wall of wine at Cost Plus Wine Warehouse.

Check out the floor to ceiling display of wine at Cost Plus Wine Warehouse, and lose yourself while perusing the thousands of specialty foods at DeVries & Co. 1887.


Grab a slice for lunch at Supino Pizzeria.

For a late lunch or early supper, stop in for a slice or two at Supino Pizzeria. No utensils are needed as patrons simply fold their slices in half.

A slice of four-cheese pizza.

The line is usually out the door by noon, and seating is sparse, but don’t let that discourage you because the four-cheese pizza is worth the shoulder to shoulder crowd.

Seating is sparse at Supino's, but it's worth the stand.

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