A visit to the Eastern Market has always been a part of our seasonal routines. Something we’ve included for fresh spring vegetables, flats on flower day, summer produce, the bounty of the fall harvest, and fresh holiday wreaths and other greens. From attending with my parents, bringing my own family here, and now back again on our own, we’ve always enjoyed a visit to this vibrant area of our beautiful Detroit.
At this time of year you can select from beautiful wreaths and Christmas trees along with the standard fruits, vegetables, and many other food items. Make sure and try some pierogi and salsa, McClure’s pickles, several pie choices, meats, honey, maple syrup, spices, a crazy mushroom selection, amazing hot tea, bread, warm chestnuts, and even knit hats and gloves.
There are also food trucks on the outskirts of the market. One you surely don’t want to miss is the beignet truck – really even better than in New Orleans. Try it with powdered sugar and bacon if you really want something unique and very tasty.
Eastern Market in Detroit is the largest historic public market district in the country covering 43 acres. On some Saturday’s, like flower day, more than 40,000 people shop here. Detroit’s outside markets were consolidated to this location in the late 1800’s when the original sheds were built and the Eastern Market name began.
The area surrounding the Eastern Market has recently begun a comeback and is helping to broaden the area into a vibrant neighborhood that is constantly expanding. The Detroit City Distillery on Riopelle, just one street behind Vivio’s is a unique place with intriguing craft cocktails. For night life, you can go to Bert’s Marketplace to relax and listen to the awesome Jazz music.
I highly recommend a Vivio’s Bloody Mary to start your morning – Warms you up just enough to brave the chill at this time of year. The Germack Pistachio Company is also a stop if you want the area’s best nut selection. Also, have to mention Supino’s pizza, which if you haven’t tried it, make it a must do for your next visit.
Even if you’re not in need of many of these items, a trip down to experience the atmosphere is well worth the effort. Here’s a website for more information about Eastern Market.