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Shop seasonally: fickle for pickles

With so much variety at the market, you'll find what you're looking for, whether it's fruit, veggies or an afternoon out.

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.

So many options!

So many options! /Amy Hinman

Don't let the summer heat keep you from seeking out fresh produce at the market. Greens, peppers, eggplants, garlic...there is so much coming into season you may not even need to go to the grocery store. And if you had a hankering for a pickle, your wait is over: pickling cucumbers can now be found at the market. It's not too late to try and can your own, or to whip up some quick pickles for a picnic. 

Events at the Markets:

The Downtown Market: On Tuesday, July 23, the MSU Extension will be at the Market Terrace from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to explain how fruit grows from a seed. 

Ada Village Farmers Market: Music at the Market on July 23 will include Joe Kelly from 1 a.m.-2 p.m., Shannon Hughes from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. and Martin Waalkes from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. July 23 will also include Kids in the Market. There will be a live bee demonstration, balloons and a sing through the market with Shannon Hughes at 1:30.

GVSU Farmers Market: On July 24, enjoy the music of Dutcher Sendecker, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Produce at the Markets:

Adding a new vegetable to an array of old favorites can be intimidating, but worth it. With produce like fennel and okra in season, the time could be right for learning how to use them. Trying new things with the old favorites could be worth it too. Garlic can be prepared many different ways. Consider asking your farmer how they like theirs. And let's not forget about fruit: blueberries, raspberries and currants are all still available, and the stone fruits are well on their way. Jam anyone?

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