Detroit Eastern Market: The Belly of Detroit

I spent last Saturday strolling the famed Eastern Market in Detroit, and truth be told, it was my first time there. And it was awesome.

Eastern Market Street Art

Street art outside of the market. I’m thinking it’s a vegetable cow?

Detroit Eastern Market vendor

Full disclosure: What appears to be a candid purchase of baby eggplants is actually a highly staged photo-shoot of my friend’s mom buying produce. I’m cool like that. 

While I would never call myself a Detroiter (Eminem ruthlessly bashed my high school in 8 Mile, oh the shame), I do feel a lot of pride for the city and for how far it’s come.

The market was just how I like markets: bustling, proletariat and filled to the rafters with gorgeous produce at low prices. There wasn’t a hint of pretension anywhere, just small businesses and farmers selling their wares.

Now please take a look at these beautiful vegetables rife in autumnal splendor…

Beets and carrots

Concord grapes

Peppers

The service wasn’t bad either. See the helpful overall-clad gentleman below who let me take his picture.

Great Lakes Coffee

By the end of it I walked away with Great Lakes coffee, wax beans, a gigantic stalk of brussels sprouts and a greater understanding of what Detroit’s up to these days. I’ll be back to the Detroit Eastern Market soon.

Have you ever visited Detroit Eastern Market? What did you think?

3 Comments

  1. I’ve been working just west of Detroit for over a year now and have yet to visit Eastern Market. Locals have been saying it’s the best cultural display Detroit (or “Day-twah” remembering its French roots) has to offer. After seeing your post, I’ll have to make a trip this weekend.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • It really is amazing, I can’t believe I had lived in the area for so long and never went! Make sure to make a stop at Devries Cheese shop too.

  2. Loved it. My thanks for taking the time. I’ll definitely come to this site to read more and tell my acquaintenances about this site.

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