There’s nothing quite like strolling through a farmers market with all the brightly colored fruits and vegetables, beautiful flowers, fresh-baked bread, and all sorts of local treasures — it’s truly a great way to start your day! In fact, a visit to Grand Haven, Michigan would not be complete without a venture under the green canopy at Chinook Pier where the Grand Haven Farmers Market is held every Saturday from now through June, and every Wednesday and Saturday from June through October.
Here’s everything you need to know before you go:
What Can You Expect to Find at the Farmers Market in Grand Haven?
Of course, no trip to a farmers market is ever the same, which makes it all the more enjoyable! Throughout the summer and into the fall, you’ll find different items and new fruits and veggies that come into season. Depending on when you visit the Grand Haven Farmers Market, here are some local goods you might expect to find:
- Seasonal produce
- Dips and sauces
- Preserves and jams
- Bread and other homemade baked goods
- Flowers and plants
- Unique local art, jewelry, trinkets, and decor
- Coffee and tea
- Kettle Popcorn
Tips for Your Trip to the Grand Haven Farmers Market
- Time it right – As they say, timing is everything! The Grand Haven Farmers Market is open from 8 am until 1 pm. Like most farmers markets, arriving early often means there will be fewer crowds and a greater selection. However, if you come later, especially right before closing time, you might be able to get better prices on what is left.
- Carry cash – While some vendors may accept checks or credit cards, most often cash is preferred or required, so plan on bringing coins and small bills along.
- Bring your own bags – Many vendors will have bags or other containers, but it never hurts to have your own at the ready. Bonus: you’ll not only be supporting local farmers and merchants but helping the environment too!
- Keep your cool – It’s a good idea to have a cooler handy in the car to transport items like cheese and eggs on your trip home.
- Talk to vendors – Asking questions is encouraged to find out where and how produce is grown — you might even learn ways in which to cook it. Oh, and it’s always good to try before you buy so be sure to ask if free samples are available.
- Shop around – Instead of buying from the very first vendor you come across, take an initial walk-through first to see all your options and compare prices.
- Have a plan (sort of) – Knowing what meals you are shopping for and what items you need will make it less overwhelming and keep you from overspending. On the other hand, it’s good to allow yourself some wiggle room for unexpected finds and new things you’d like to try.
The Grand Haven Farmers Market is Just the Start!
What better way to spend a pleasant morning than by scoring fresh produce and local products at the Grand Haven Farmers Market? Adding a stop at the Spring Lake Farmers Market too! Since it’s just over the bridge and open on Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm, you can spend yet another fun and relaxing day enjoying local goods, making healthy choices, and benefiting the local economy to boot.
Of course, while the Grand Haven and Spring Lake Farmers markets are great ways to enjoy this inviting community, nothing says you can’t keep that local experience going once these markets close up shop.
From climbing aboard a charter fishing boat to hitting the beach to enjoying local restaurants and all kinds of family activities, there is something for everyone around here! If you’re thinking of moving to the Grand Haven area, get in touch with BlueWest Properties. As Grand Haven residents, we love living here and can help you find the perfect place to call home. Give us a call or reach out to us online to get started.