Detroit’s Eastern Market holds a special place in my family’s history. My grandparents were truck farmers, raising crops on a 40-acre farm in Macomb County and selling their harvest of corn, green beans, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries and more at one of the market’s open-air stalls to support their five children. They were one of hundreds of families in Michigan and the surrounding area who depended on the market for their livelihoods.
While Eastern Market has a rich past, it remains as relevant today as it was when it began more than a century ago, aided by the “buy local” movement. It’s still an important economic engine for the region. The Saturday public market is a vibrant urban shopping destination for fresh local produce, honey, syrup, nuts, jams, meats and more.