ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Getting food fresh from local producers not only helps you learn where your food comes from, it puts money back into the local economy by supporting local farmers.
But, it’s not always easy to go straight to the source. Luckily for Ann Arborites, the city and the surrounding area is full of farmers markets and farm stops that work with farmers and vendors to fairly sell their goods.
Here’s a list of farmers markets and farm stops around Ann Arbor:
Each location has its own rules and accepts different food assistance programs, including SNAP/PEBT card and Double Up Food Bucks. Check individual market websites or call ahead when planning your visit.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Where: 315 Detroit St.
When: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays, Saturdays
Open twice a week in the Kerrytown District, many of the vendors at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market accept pre-orders for pick-up. In addition to seasonal produce, vendors sell meat, dairy products, baked goods and non-food products.
Westside Farmers’ Market
Where: 2501 Jackson Ave.
When: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays
Open until Oct. 8 in the parking lot of Zingerman’s Roadhouse, the Westside farmers market has different food producers and vendors from around Michigan.
Learn more at westsidefarmersmarket.com
Argus Farm Stop
Where: 325 W. Liberty St.; 1200 Packard Rd; online
When: Liberty -- 8 a.m to 7p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays
Packard: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
With two locations, Argus has been working with local food producers to ensure that their products can reach the public. Order food online through its website or shop in-person during certain hours.
Visit Argus online at argusfarmstop.com
Pittsfield Township Farmers Market
Where: 6201 W. Michigan Ave.; online
When 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays
Order ahead of town online from Saturdays to Mondays for weekly Thursday pick up or shop in-person at the open-air market until September.
Find activities and recipes at pittsfield-mi.gov/farmersmarket
Dixboro Farmers Market
Where: 5221 Church Rd.,
When: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays
Looked at the village green, the small farmers market has colorful signage, the occasional food truck and vendors offering seasonal produce, baked goods, goat-milk soaps and more.
Learn more at dixborofarmersmarket.org
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Ypsilanti Farmers Market
Where: 100 Rice St.
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays
Held in downtown Ypsilanti and managed by Growing Hope, the farmers market currently is open until the end of October. Visitors must wear a mask, follow social distancing rules and are asked to make their visits as quick as possible.
Learn more about farmers market precautions at growinghope.net/programs/farmers-markets
Ypsi Area Online Market
Where: Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, The Farm at St. Joe’s, Zilke Farm Kitchen; online
When: Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace -- 4 p.m. to 7p.m., Tuesdays; The Farm at St. Joe’s -- 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays; Zilke Farm Kitchen -- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays
The online market is a collaboration by Growing Hope, The Farm at St. Joe’s, Zilke Farm Kitchen and many area farmers and food producers. Customers can place pre-orders in advance and pick up their orders at a location of their choice.
Learn more at growinghope.localfoodmarketplace.com
Coleman’s Farm Markets
Where: 5415 W. Michigan Ave.
When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
The farm market is open from late April until October and offers seasons produce, dairy, dried goods and plants among other things sold by local food producers.
Find more information and updates at colemansproduce.com
Chelsea, Dexter and Saline
Agricole Farm Stop
Where: 118 N. Main St., Chelsea
When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Offering online ordering, the farm stop accepts online most days before 3 p.m., for next-day pick-up. In-person shopping is also available.
Find out more at https://www.agricolefarmstop.com/
Chelsea Farmers Market
Where: 1010 S. Main St., Chelsea (Chelsea State Bank); 222 S. Main S., Chelsea
When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays
With two weekly outdoor farmers markets, the Chelsea Farmers Market will run until October.
The Saturday market offers curbside pick-up and in-person shopping, while shopping on Wednesday must be done onsite.
Learn more about both markets at chelseafarmersmkt.org
Dexter Farmers Market
Where: 3233 Alpine St., Dexter
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays
Currently a Saturdays-only market in downtown Dexter, this farmers market has different vendors offering produce, non-food items, eggs dairy and various other items. Find updated vendor lists at the Dexter Farmers Market Instagram.
Learn more at dextermi.gov/community/farmers_market
Saline Saturday Outdoor Farmers Market
Where: S. Ann Arbor St., Saline (Parking lot 4)
When: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays
The Saline summer farmers market is open from May until October and is operated by the City of Saline.
The Saturday Winter market is held indoors from 9 a.m. to noon from November to April at Liberty School, 7265 Saline Ann Arbor Rd.
Learn more at cityofsaline.org