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Shop Seasonally: serving up spice with peppers and onions

If your summer dinners are lacking spice, it won't be for long. Sweet and spicy peppers are now in season, as well as several varieties of onions and leeks.
Summer onions are just beginning to make an appearance at the market.

Summer onions are just beginning to make an appearance at the market. /Richard Deming Photography

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 (Garfield Park): 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

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


The South East Area Farmers Market (Gerald R. Ford Middle School on Garfield): 11 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.


As the season progresses, crops that need more time to develop are finally becoming ready. Consider making some fresh pizza sauce with just-ready tomatoes, or baba ganoush with a fresh eggplant.  

Events at the market:

The Downtown Market: On August 17, learn about Italian cuisine with Chef Jenna Arcidiacono from Amore Trattoria during "Chefs at the Market" at 10 a.m. 

Ada Village Farmers Market: The theme of "Kids at the Market" August 13 and 20 is "Young Rembrants," from 1-4 p.m.

Southeast Area Farmers Market: The "RUNNIN' THE STREETS!" rhythm run 5k is August 17, from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Registration is due by August 16, and costs $20. 

Produce at the market: Peppers are here! Sweet, spicy and mild varieties are available. So are onions, leeks and beets, as well as eggplants. Melons will be at the market soon, and the peak of peach season is just around the corner. Potatoes and spinach are also at the market, as well as tomatillos. Consider whipping up a fresh salsa or stir-fry, and getting to know your farmer as well as your food.

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