Farmers Markets pop up all over Ann Arbor and neighboring cities, on Tuesday afternoons! Great for an adventure with little ones, these markets often provide entertainment and FREE activities for young children. Furthermore, the markets are a great time to encourage your child to try new produce and expand their knowledge of growing food for others to enjoy.
Cobblestone Farm Market: From 4 to 7 PM, adjacent to Cobblestone Farm (2781 Packard Rd.), through mid-October. Each Tuesday, a farmers market sprouts up on the lawn of the historic Cobblestone Farm, next to timber frame barn, complete with farm animals. The grassy setting is a perfect place to shop for vegetables, eggs, honey, and bread from our many vendors, browse for local seeds, vegetables and wildflower plants for your garden. Every week, in addition to offering fantastic produce and other food vendors, there is often historic lawn games, music, storytelling, and educational workshops for children and adults.
I have visited the Cobblestone Farm Market, several times, with my preschool-age boys in tow. They love visiting the barn, buying a treat from a local baker, and partaking in some of the fun activities and crafts found among the vendors. There is also a playground in walking distance and buhr pool there too!
Dexter Farmers Market: From 2 to 6 PM, located on Alpine Street, in downtown Dexter. There is plenty of shade and many farm stands set up, with fun activities for children too! The town’s park is located a short walk away too! There is also a playground, a short walk past the Fire Station and down the hill, from the little town. Other kid-friendly stops might be Dairy Queen and the newly-opened Dexter Creamery.
Saline Farmers Market: From 3 to 7 PM, located at the Rentschler Farm Museum (1265 E. Michigan Ave.), through September. This is an outdoor market that sells many locally grown products.
Ypsilanti Farmers Market: From 3 to 7 PM, located at 16 South Washington, through October. For over ten years Growing Hope has hosted a Farmers Market in Downtown Ypsilanti, on Tuesdays. This market has become a staple in the Ypsilanti community and is vital to the residents it serves.