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Shop seasonally: everything you need for a stir-fry

Summer squash is here! If you haven't thrown everything into a pan with some olive oil (and fresh basil of course) you might want to soon.

Where to go for what you need


No markets open.


The Downtown Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fulton Street Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ada Village Farmers Market: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Spectrum Health Farmers Market (in Prisms Cafeteria in Butterworth Hospital): 11 a.m-2 p.m.

Grandville Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.


Fulton Street: 8 a.m.-3 p.m and 4-7:30

GVSU Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


The Downtown Market: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Plainfield Charter Twp. Farmers Market: 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Metro Health Farmers Market: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

YMCA Farmers Market: 3 p.m.- 7 p.m.


The South East Area Farmers Market (at Gerald L. Ford Middle School): 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Fulton Street: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


The South East Area Farmers Market (at Garfield Park): 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Downtown Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fulton Street: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


No markets open.


/Amy Hinman

If you were thinking that it's too hot to cook (but you still want to), have no fear, it's stir-fry season! There are few things that sautee up better than summer squash or zucchini, and with minimal time over the hot stove. Not feeling so adventurous? There are plenty of cooking demos at the market to help you use those beautiful, freshly in season veggies. 

Events at the markets:

Downtown Market: On July 20, the Michigan Blood Bus will be at the market from 9:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Claire Duthler at 616-805-5308. On Tuesday, July 16, Kids at the Market will be featuring "Right Brain Events" from 10 a.m.-noon, with crafts for kids. Chef Char Morse will also be at the market on Tuesday, demonstrating how to put a new spin on comfort food.

Ada Village Farmers Market: Music at the Market on July 16 will feature Jack Mennega from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., and Shannon Hughes from 3 p.m.-4p.m. Kids in the Market, also July 16, will include a scavenger hunt and sing through the market with Shannon Hughes at 2:30 p.m.

Fulton Street Farmers Market: On July 17 at 6 p.m. in the market building, Chef August Treu will be hosting another free cooking demonstration. This week, he will be preparing Ratatouille, with ingredients donated by Visser Farms

Produce at the markets:

With garlic, basil, broccoli and summer squash newly at the market, it's like summer is begging for a good stir fry. Or pan fried squash. Or pesto. Don't forget about radishes, or the carrots that are beginning to make an appearance as well. Make sure you pick up some cherries (sweet or tart) before they're gone. But save room for the raspberries and blueberries that are showing up as well!

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