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Downtown Rochester Farmers' Market opens May 1

Heather Raulerson

The Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market Opening Day is Saturday, May 1.

Rochester Farmers’ Market

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Celebrating its 22nd season, the Farmers’ Market is a frequent stop for area residents to enjoy the vibrant colors, aromas, and flavors of southeast Michigan’s growing season. Located at the corner of E. Third and Water streets, just one block east of Main Street, the market is open every Saturday, May-October 30, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Opening day festivities will include free Farmers’ Market Tote Bags with special offers from Downtown Rochester businesses and farmers’ market vendors for the first 800 adult customers (A giveaway for the kids, while supplies last), Live music by singer Jennifer Kincer Music. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 circumstances, the market will follow the most current state and county health and safety guidelines. Masks are required, and please try to stay 6 feet apart. For the most up-to-date requirements, visit downtownrochestermi.com/farmers-market. And for more information about the market, visit downtownrochestermi.com

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What are the Benefits of Shopping at a Farmers’ Market?

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There are so many benefits to shopping at a Farmers’ Market. First and foremost is that the fruits and vegetables are fresh, fresher than those in a supermarket. Before produce hits grocery shelves, it is shipped in refrigerated trucks from possibly thousands of miles away, where the Farmer’s Market owner of the stand might have picked the produce just that morning. Other benefits from getting your produce at the Farmers’ Market are:

  • More Nutritious - Vivid colors in fruits and vegetables are a reflection of the nutrients they contain.
  • Wider Variety - Small local farms tend to favor variety, offering fruits and vegetables you won't be able to find in your local supermarket.
  • Tastes Better - Farmers’ Market produce is picked at the peak of ripeness and is incredibly fresh when it gets to you.
  • Eat Seasonally - Lighter fruits and vegetables are available seasonally in the spring and summer, while heartier winter vegetables like squash and parsnips provide sustenance for the cooler autumn and winter months.
  • Organic and non-GMO - Many local farmers use organic methods to grow their produce.
  • Affordable - Grocery organic produce is usually more expensive than at a farmer’s market.
  • Supports Local Farmers - Purchasing fruits and vegetables from farmer's markets supports local family farms.
  • Great Place to Hang Out with Your Neighbors - You will run into the same people once you get into a routine and start to become friends with the vendors. It becomes nice to chat about what you’ve done or where you’ve been since the last time you were at the market.

What to expect at the Rochester Farmers’ Market?

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Showing up at the Rochester Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning is one of my favorite routines during the summer months. I’m not a morning person, so I usually show up closer to the market’s closing time, which puts me at a disadvantage as all the best produce is already gone. However, I can usually get some outstanding deals for the vendors who want to get rid of everything at the end of the day.

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Some of the best food stalls to hit up at the Farmers’ Market are the bread loaves at the Great Harvest Bread Co., cheese from The Cheese Lady, and jerky from Uncle Henry’s Gourmet Meats. Once you visit a few times, you will start having your favorite vendors from where you always buy flowers, get your fresh veggies, and purchase your basket of fruits.

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