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Shop Seasonally: saying 'farewell' to rhubarb, and 'hello' to cherries, snap peas and pickling cucumbers

July has arrived, and so have the broccoli, cherries, and the anticipation of blueberries!

Where to go for what you need


No markets open.


The Downtown Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fulton Street Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ada Village Farmers Market: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Spectrum Health Farmers Market (in Prisms Cafeteria in Butterworth Hospital): 11 a.m-2 p.m.

Grandville Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.


Fulton Street: 8 a.m.-3 p.m and 4-7:30

GVSU Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


The Downtown Market: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Plainfield Charter Twp. Farmers Market: 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Metro Health Farmers Market: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

YMCA Farmers Market: 3 p.m.- 7 p.m.


The South East Area Farmers Market (at Gerald L. Ford Middle School): 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Fulton Street: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


The South East Area Farmers Market (at Garfield Park): 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Downtown Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fulton Street: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


No markets open.

Salad, anyone?

Salad, anyone? /Amy Hinman

'Tis the season for a culinary adventure. Not sure what to do with all the veggies in your CSA? Want to add a few techniques to your culinary arsenal? Ever wondered how to pronounce kohlrabi? Chances are that the person selling you food probably knows how to prepare and pronounce it, too. If you make a mid-years resolution to make conversaion with the vendors and new things for dinner, you might be glad you did. 

Events at the markets:

YMCA Farmers Market: A dozen local non-profits, including Fifth Third's E-Bus, will be at the market on Thursday, July 11. In addition to a raffle, there will be giveaways and opportunities to learn about services available to struggling families in the community.

Ada Farmers Market: This week for "Music at the Market," Lawrence Bate will be preforming from 1-2 p.m., The Lumberjacks from 2-3 p.m. and Bill and Trae from 3-4 p.m. Enjoy the music and "Bagel Birdy Treats," this weeks theme for "Kids at the Market."

The Downtown Market: Celebrate the multicultural history in Michigan this week with "Kids at the Market." This week, kids will have live story time with Stephanie Kammeraad, author of "A Curious Glimpse of Michigan." 

Produce at the Market:

Well, rhubarb, it's been fun. As good as it's been to have seemingly endless opportunites for strawberry and rhubarb pie, their departure is met with the arrival of both tart and sweet cherries, broccoli, snap peas, onions,and right around the corner, blueberries! Don't forget about the greens: nappa cabbage, bok choy, kale, and lettuce. The opportunity for a great salad or stir fry is ripe!

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