Exploring all of Ann Arbor’s fantastic farmers’ markets is one of our favorite summer activities. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, things are going to look a little different this year—at least for the time being.
While farmers’ markets are deemed an essential business and can open for the 2020 season, a lot of changes, including pre-orders and pickups, social distancing guidelines, and restrictions on prepared foods will be in effect to keep farmers, vendors and customers safe.
On the hunt for some fresh produce, locally made products and artisan goods? We’ve got you covered! Below you’ll find a list of all the markets in the greater Ann Arbor area that plan to be open for the 2020 season, along with information on how they are responding to the pandemic.
Know of any farmers’ markets that we missed? Share with us in our comments, and we’ll be sure to add it to the list!
All Year | Wednesdays & Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Locke via the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market
Here in Ann Arbor, you can shop at the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market year-round on Saturdays. But beginning in May, market hours get longer and you can shop two days a week—Wednesday and Saturday. This year, in response to the pandemic, they have set up one-way traffic patterns, a pre-ordering system and curbside pickup. For more information and to learn more about vendor pre-ordering, click here.
Ongoing | Times Vary
Growing Hope’s Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market is always a local favorite. But due to health and safety concerns, they’ve decided to take a more socially distanced approach to the market for the time being. To keep their vendors, shoppers and community safe, they have partnered with The Farm at St. Joes and Zilke Farm Kitchen to open the Ypsi Area Online Market! This is an online farmers’ market with three pickup locations to choose from and a growing list of vendors. For more information on how to order and to get a list of current vendors, click here.
Growing Hope also plans to open the market’s outdoor season in June, depending on the circumstances around the pandemic. Click here to stay updated.
May 5 – Mid October | Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. & Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
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The Chelsea Farmers’ Market is a destination for anyone who enjoys shopping locally and buying fresh produce. With two market days during the week this summer, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to support our local growers, makers and producers! For now, they are sticking to an online ordering and curbside pickup system. To participate, all you have to do is visit their shop page on Open Food Network, choose your pickup day and your products, and check out. Then just head to the market on your day and wait for their helpful workers to put it in your car. Voila! You just got some fresh produce, dairy products, artisan goods and more in a safe, completely social-distanced way! For more information and to stay updated on market changes, click here.
June 6 – Mid October | Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m. & Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dexter Farmers’ Market is getting ready to enter its 14th year at its location in historic downtown Dexter. But things may be looking a little different throughout the next month or so. While they plan to host just as many vendors as usual, they do ask that you only send one person from your household to shop, wear a mask and wash your hands at their provided handwashing station. For more information on the market’s social distancing measures, click here.
Starting May 29 | Every Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
This Jackson farmers’ market is a favorite for many locals—boasting a wide variety of incredible vendors selling everything from fresh produce to locally raised meat. They recently reopened in May, and are planning to continue as usual every Friday and Saturday on the corner of Louis Glick Highway and Mechanic Street. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, several health and safety measures are in place. Follow them on Facebook to learn more and to keep up with any updates.
May 2 – October 31 | Every Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
This year-round farmers’ market is a growers-only market, meaning you’ll find local vendors who have grown absolutely everything they’re selling. During the summer months, you’ll find the outdoor market in downtown Saline and during the winter, it moves inside Liberty School. As a response to the pandemic, they are asking patrons to maintain a 6-foot distance from others and form a line when needed; to sanitize your hands before entering and wear a mask; to not linger; and to stay home when you’re feeling sick. Follow the market on Facebook for more information on current vendors, safety policies and more.
May 16 – October 24 | Every Saturday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Perhaps one of the more well-known markets in the area, the Community Farmers’ Market in Plymouth is a sight worth seeing and a community worth immersing yourself in every Saturday during the summer and early fall! This year, they are planning on a variety of produce, plants, baked goods, artisanal products and more. The market asks that you keep a respectful distance from others at the market and to not socialize in between shopping. For a full list of precautions the Plymouth Community Farmers’ Market is taking, click here.
We love shopping local and know you do too. Let us know how many of these local farmers’ markets you are planning to patron this season in the comments!