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9101332311_30cebf8593_zGrand Rapids and West Michigan has a lush and bountiful growing season. Stalks of asparagus arrive in the spring, strawberries are in full richness by mid summer, and hearty root vegetables and squashes arrive in the fall. You can’t beat stopping by one of our farmers markets or signing up for a CSA to partake in the large variety of fresh fruits and veggies the area has to offer. Here’s a list of places to help:

Downtown Market – The Downtown Market opened in May 2013 with a large outdoor market area featuring over 70 vendors. The outdoor market runs from May to November. Here’s the schedule:

  • May: Saturdays, 9a-2p
  • June – Sept: Tuesdays 9 am -2 pm, Thursdays 4 pm -7 pm,  Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm
  • Oct-Nov: Saturdays  9 am – 2 pm

There is also an indoor area with food vendors and restaurants.

Fulton Street Farmers Market – The Fulton Street Farmers Market has been around since 1922 and is the largest in Grand Rapids. It’s open the first Saturday of May through the last Saturday before Christmas on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. From January to April they are open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Good News Market Farm – Good News is truly a 100% vegan farm, practicing vegan-organic (veganic) growing methods. Veganics  is free from the use of animal products in the growing process (think fertilizer).

Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council – The GGRFSC is an online resource for locating local produce, farmers markets, CSAs, and more!

Metro Health Farm Market – Metro Health Farm Market has two locations. At Metro Health Village on Thursday from 9 am – 2 pm (May – October) and at the Aquinas College Campus on Mondays from 2:30-6:30 pm (May – August).

Southeast Area Farmers Market – This market runs  June 20 – November 8 and meets at three pedestrian-friendly locations:

  • Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Main Market
    Gerald R Ford Academic Center, Madison Avenue just south of Franklin Street SE
  • Fridays 3 to 7 p.m. | Garfield Park Market
    Garfield Park, Madison Avenue and Burton Street SE
  • Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. | Well House Market
    Well House Community Garden, 32 Cass SE

The Urban Mushroom – Gourmet mushrooms made in Grand Rapids and delivered to your door or available from the Fulton Street Farmers Market.

West Michigan Coop – The West Michigan Food Coop is a year-round online farmers market. Membership is only $35 a year, with a free two month trial membership.