Gather up the family, grab the market basket and set out for a fun- filled farmers market adventure. These six lakeshore farmers markets don’t just offer fresh goods, but experiences that keep us coming back, week after week!
Muskegon Farmers Market
Where: 242 W. Western Ave.
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
How big: The market has about 80 seasonal vendors and approximately 50 daily vendors showcasing the best in locally grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The market also hosts a flea market on Wednesdays during the same hours.
Market favorite: Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery offers many varieties of bread that are baked in a wood-fired brick oven!
The Market at Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Where: Saugatuck Center for the Arts Pavilion, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck
When: Tuesdays, June 1–Aug. 31, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; Fridays, May 28–Sept. 24, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
How big: 40-plus vendors (visit the market’s website for more information, as some vendors aren’t at the market both days.) The market provides a unique hub for the community to invest in local producers.
Market favorites: There’s something for everyone — tasty food trucks, fresh produce, artisan cheeses, jerky, gourmet mushrooms, syrups, custom coffees, baked goods and more! There’s always music in the background, food to-go from local vendors and a cash bar featuring local artisan cocktails.
Spring Lake Farm & Garden Market
Where: Harvest Bible Chapel Parking Lot,
225 E. Exchange St., Spring Lake
When: Thursdays June–October, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
How big: About 12 vendors
Grand Haven Farmers Market
Where: Chinook Pier, Under the Green Canopy
When: Saturdays in May, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.; Wednesdays and Saturdays June–October, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
How big: About 20 vendors
New this year: The markets are expanding their Power of Produce Kids program (POP), which educates local youth about healthy eating and helps make fresh foods accessible to them.
Market favorites: Garden-fresh seasonal produce, flowers and plants, a wide variety of baked goods, honey, fresh cheese and meats, kettle corn, seasonings, fresh herbs, jams and salsa.
Zeeland Farmers Market
Where: Elm Street Park, Zeeland
When: Saturdays June 5–Aug. 28, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
How big: About six to 10 vendors. The market is small in size, but perfectly balanced in its offerings — fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, local meat and more.
New this year: This is Zeeland Farmers Market’s second season in operation, so everything is still very new. One of the perks of the market location is that it is directly across the street from the splash pad, which will open Memorial Day weekend. Families will have the opportunity to shop and enjoy time in the splash pad.
Market favorite: Maple Hill Beef, a fifth-generation farm, sells their prime beef at the market each week.
Holland Farmers Market
Where: Eighth Street Marketplace, 150 W. Eighth St., Holland
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
How big: Each season, the market brings together over 100 farmers and vendors selling locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, along with bread and other baked goods, jam, honey, maple syrup, eggs, meat, cheese and a wide variety of gourmet specialty foods. The market is also home to a number of local food trucks, offering delicious and diverse options for breakfast and lunch.
New this year: Market organizers have been working to increase the number of vendors that are at the market on Wednesdays, with many new vendors joining for the first time this year. New vendor offerings include organic produce, elderberry syrup, cocktail kits, dog treats, fruit preserves and macarons.
Market favorite: A popular market “must-have” is a fresh blueberry doughnut sold by Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market. People queue up in a long line to get their hands on one!