Farm fresh experiences for families in the Ann Arbor Area. We have a list of farmers markets and where you can shop local foods.
It’s time to get back to our roots and dig into the seasonal produce that our area offers. Whether you want to pick your tomato from your garden or pick it from the local farmers market, our guide will help you and your family shop local, grow local, and eat local.
Here’s a list of farmers markets in the area, complete with dates, times, and locations.
315 Detroit St.
200 N. First St.
Wednesdays: Located in the Chelsea State Bank Lot on Main St. at the corner of Old US 12 and M-52, 1pm-5pm
Saturdays: Located in Downtown Chelsea on Main St. at Palmer Commons
Cobblestone Farmers Market
2781 Packard Rd.
3233 Alpine St.
120 Brown St.
Main St. and Tolan St.
Third Thursday of Every Month: 5pm-8pm
Downtown Northville at Seven Mile and Sheldon
6201 E. Michigan Ave.
100 N. Harris St.
110 W. Liberty St.
Westside Farmers Market at Zingerman’s Roadhouse
2501 Jackson Ave.
Depot Town (open May-October): 100 Rice St.
Downtown (open year-round): 16 S. Washington St.
Monday & Wednesday-Friday: 9am-5pm; Tuesday: 3pm-7pm
Want to introduce your child to the Farm-to-Table concept? Here are some great opportunities to explore gardens and farms while learning about the growing process.
The Farm at St. Joe’s
5557 MacAuley Dr., Ypsilanti
These summer camps explore the natural world and seasonal, local food by teaching about health, agriculture, and sustainability. Although these programs are currently suspended due to COVID, be sure to keep an eye out for when they start up again.
Farm to Table I: The Science of Food
Ages 4-7 with adult caregiver
Harvest and cook fresh produce and explore the science of growing food.
Farm to Table II: The Science of Food
Get your hands in the soil and learn everything about growing, harvesting, and composting.
Farm, Field, and Forest
This outdoor camp explores the farm, native prairie, and woods along the Huron river.
922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
This Ypsilanti-based organization serves the local community and offers opportunities to grow, sell, buy, prepare and eat nourishing food. The Urban Farm offers classes and demonstrations for children, teens, and adults. Programs include garden-based nutrition classes, after-school programs, and summer camps. Learn more at the website.
Project Grow Community Gardens
Learn more about sites throughout the Ann Arbor area, with opportunities to take a class, attend an event, or volunteer. Families and organizations can apply for a plot and learn more at the website.
Matthei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
Nature Play Pop-Ups
Mondays 10am-11:30 am
Kids ages 3-7 and caregivers can pop in for hands-on nature play activities in the garden.
White Lotus Farms
7217 W. Liberty Rd.
Junior Farmer Program begins in August. Kids can learn how to take care of goats, milk goats, and make cheese. Class schedules will be posted on White Lotus Farms Facebook page.
Want to support our local farmers? Visit those fruits and vegetables right at the source! And if you are feeling adventurous, we’ve included a list of farms where families can pick their own produce. Harvest times may vary due to weather, so make sure to call ahead before planning your family outing.
13011 Bethel Church Rd., Manchester
Open Tuesday-Friday 12pm-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
U-pick pumpkins and apples
Berry Hill Farm
12835 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter
Open late June
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday Noon-6pm
U-pick blackberries and raspberries
Blueville Acres Blueberry Farm
38093 Judd Rd., Belleville
Open early July-late August
Open Tuesdays 9am-7pm, Thursday/Saturday/Sunday 9am-5pm
Dexter Blueberry Farm
11024 Beach Rd., Dexter
Open mid July- early September
Open Monday-Saturday 8:30am-7:30pm, Sunday Noon-6pm
Eddie’s Blueberry Patch
3150 Judd Rd., Milan
1235 E. Erie Rd., Erie
Open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
U-pick blueberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins
Frosty Apple Orchard
6884 Walsh Rd., Dexter
Fresh-picked apples and baked goods available to purchase during the season. (U-pick apples not offered)
Lutz Apple Orchard
11030 Macon Rd., Saline
9252 Currie Rd., Northville
Open Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm
Rowe’s Produce Farm
10570 Martz Rd., Ypsilanti
Open daily in June 7am-8pm,July-September Monday-Friday 11am-6pm, Sunday 9am-6pm
U-pick peas and strawberries
4700 Whitmore Lake Rd.
Open daily 10am-5pm, except Thursday 12pm-7pm
U-pick strawberries, asparagus, heirloom tomatoes and peppers, peas, cucumbers, pumpkins and squash
Wasem Fruit Farm
6580 Judd Rd., Milan
Open starting July
Open daily 9am-6pm
U-pick cherries, raspberries, black currants, gooseberries, apples, pumpkins
5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti
Open Labor Day-October