Fulton Street Farmers Market…A Popular Grand Rapids, MI Summer Stop!

tomatoes for sale at the Fulton Street Farmers Market

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Fulton Street Farmers Market is a vibrant market located in the heart of Grand Rapids on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.  The market features all sorts of goods including locally grown produce and arts and crafts.  It remains one of my favorite things to do on a summer weekend morning.  This  post was written last year for another of my blogs, but the experience still resonates.  Enjoy! 🙂

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It was the tour of homes which had me driving past the market and unable to resist, we decided to pop in to see what was going on.  When we arrived at noon, the place was packed!  We were lucky to find a parking spot.  It had been a very long time since I had visited, and the market has certainly grown in popularity.

The stands had a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, some select meats, arts and crafts, spices, health and beauty products and fresh flowers.  Talking to local farmers was great.  On more than one occasion, I heard merchants say they were selling out of products.

The appeal of the fresh market has grown as more people become concerned about environmental issues and supporting the local economy.  Did you know that the average product in your grocery store travels over 1000+ miles to get to your table?  In addition, several area restaurants, including popular sites like Marie Catribs, the Green WellGRAM Cafe andRestaurant Bloom also highlight the fact that they strive to serve locally grown produce and food items on their menus.

The Fulton Street Farmers Market is located at 1145 E. Fulton Street, in Grand Rapids, MI.  49503.  The Market is the oldest of it’s kind in West Michigan, having started in 1922.

Permanent stands have been set up in the middle of a parking lot which allows local farmers to back their trucks in and unload their wares.  Visitors to the market walk through the middle.

What I found especially delightful was the diversity of people…old, young kids and babies, moms and dads, foreigners, black & white…everyone was enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of the market.  We were even serenaded by a young guitarist who set up shop just outside the display area which made an interesting experience even more enjoyable.

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