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Built in 1915, this Detroit gem was primarily a meat market. Today, the Gratiot Central Market located in the Eastern Market area continues the tradition of carrying a wide range of specialty meats, but has expanded to include an on-site bakery offering fresh baked goods and barbecue supplies. Some of their specialities include 16 varieties of fresh fish, lobster, scallops, crawfish, tripe, oxtail, corned beef, home-made sausage, goat, rabbit, lamb and more. If you are planning to cook a meaty meal make sure to stock up your refrigerator with supplies from here.
The selection of produce at the Eastern Market is impressive. Choose from fresh flowers, specialty foods, and locally sourced meat. 250 vendor booths are opened to the public every Saturday, and you'll find that most products sold here are from local businesses and farms. Freshness is guaranteed along with prices that are sure to keep you engaged in shopping till you explore all stalls. If you work up an appetite, there are several restaurants at the market.
Not to be confused as a consignment store or simple flea market, The Rust Belt Market features carefully curated vintage pieces, from photography to clothing to salvaged furniture. Open only on the weekends, the shop regularly rotates the inventory and hosts a variety of local vendors. This giant retail space also features live music from local musicians. This local hotspot is a must visit for one-of-a-kind Detroit treasures.
Located a couple of blocks east of Main Street in Royal Oak, this farmers market offers locally grown produce and other specialty items. Browse the various booths and pick up ingredients for dinner or check out the herb suppliers and learn how to start your own herb garden. Be sure to bring your reusable bags and plenty of cash, not all vendors accept credit cards! Check the website for more information.
Explore Michigan's history at the Franklin Cider Mill. It's located in the northern suburbs of Detroit and you'll find a diverse crowd of tourists and locals. With a history dating back to 1837, this cider mill has been producing apple cider for quite a while. It's a great destination for families, and you'll get to learn how the cider is produced. They sell fresh baked goods, jams, apple products, and butters.