Farmers markets play a role in local economy

National Farmers Market Week recognizes value to local economy and local healthy food access.

In acknowledgement of the value farmers markets provide to the local economy and community, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently proclaimed August 5 – 11, 2012 as National Farmers Market week.

You only have to see the number of community residents that come out to sample and hunt for the most flavorful and local healthy food to be a believer in the value a farmers market can have on the local economy. Farmers markets are crucial to our local food system and provide income for our local farmers and fresh, healthy foods. On any given day of the week in Macomb County and our surrounding areas, you can find a farmers market if you are looking for the freshest produce and a great experience. Not only can you find food, you can also find arts and crafts and music at many of these markets. Go out and enjoy Michigan!

On Sundays, visit the New Baltimore Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Exit 247 off of I-94 on 50976 Washington Street (this market is now accepting the Bridge Card and offers Double Up Bucks!) and the Warren Farmers Market at the City Square from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Tuesdays and Sundays, the Armada Flea Market is open from 7 a.m. to around noontime at 25381 Armada Ridge Road in Richmond, Mich.

On Thursdays, visit Romeo Farmers Market from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown located on the corner of Saint Clair and Main Streets behind the BP gas station.

On Select Saturdays, visit the Eastpointe Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 11 and 25, September 8 and 22 and October 13 and 27 at East Brooke Commons at 9 Mile and Gratiot in Eastpointe, Mich.

On Friday and Saturday, visit the Mt. Clemens Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 141 N. River Road at the Mount Clemens City parking lot.

On Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. visit the Shelby Township Farmers Market at Packard Proving Grounds 49965 Van Dyke Ave in Shelby Township, Mich.

The historic Detroit Eastern Market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Check out the Michigan State University Extension Kiosk for the latest Michigan Fresh fact sheets.

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