A favorite Farmer’s Market in the Detroit area is the one in Royal Oak, serving the area since 1925. There are many vendors, and a large covered pavilion. Things were changed a bit since my last visit, maybe nearly a year ago. One should expect change, but still it surprises. And the best surprise: expanded parking areas.
The quality of the beautiful vegetables and fruits grown here in Michigan had not changed. Fresh vegetables are beautiful.
What do you think I might do with the fresh corn I bought?
I admired the flowers and the locally crafted artisan foods.
I noticed more meat and cheese producers. I bought chicken from one of my favorites, Otto’s chicken.
Another, John Henry’s Meats has an even larger area and more products
and there were newer-to-me vendors such as Monty’s Beef.
The vegetables were so inviting. There is a great plenty to choose from. (Yes, that is a redundant phrase often used by my Dad). There were more vendors with organic products than I remembered.
Michigan peaches are in season now and offered by several producers. Love the smell of ripening peaches,
And, I bought summer apples.
There are multiple places to have breakfast, several bakeries, and one coffee stand with newspapers that I hadn’t see before.
I missed taking a picture of my favorite purchase: fresh basil, parsley, arugula and cherry heirloom tomatoes colored purple, orange and red.
Across the street from the Market is Superior Fish. Today the cooking demonstration was grilled swordfish, so good, I bought some. It is from the Florida coast and I was happy to see gulf shrimp. I bought that too.
I hope I get back to the market again this month so I can sample some of the new-to-me vendors with tempting products. I hated to leave without that beautiful butter lettuce. There’s always something left behind!
The highpoint of the visit: that best value egg sandwich breakfast with my favorite breakfast companion, daughter Cindy! Now that’s the way to start a Saturday.
Tell us about your favorite market visit this summer. What do you like to buy? What do you like to cook? Shop Local. Eat Local. We are lucky when we can touch and smell the fresh goodness and share it with those we love.