We usually end up visiting Detroit’s Eastern Market every couple of months. What usually drives us there is a need for fresh spices. We used to buy all of our spices at Rafal Spice Company, but unfortunately they closed a year or two ago, now we buy all of our spices at Rocky Peanut Company. Rocky’s is also great for nuts, dried fruit, coffee and teas, and bulk candy.
After we visit Rocky’s, we head over to R. Hirt, Jr. Co to stock up on pork breakfast sausages (they freeze great!) and cheese (Parmesan, Scottish cheddar, and French roule). Hirt’s also has a great selection of specialty food items and gifts. Then it’s on to the sheds!
While during the summer a lot of the produce sold at the Eastern Market is directly from farmers from Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario, a lot of the produce is imported from other states and other countries as the market is located in the heart of the produce district. Besides all the great produce, and other products, that are grown/made in Michigan, you’ll also find more and more items that are grown/made in Detroit. And depending on the time of the year, flowers, herbs, vegetable plants, wreaths, and Christmas trees are available. We usually purchase all of our seedlings for our vegetable garden here.
On this trip, we bought two dozen eggs, a dozen breadsticks (they freeze great too!), and two jars of McClure’s bloody mary mix. We were tempted to buy a bushel of acorn squash for $5, but decided against it seeing that we still have 18 butternut squash from our garden in the basement. We just hit just a small portion of all the shops in the district. Visit the Detroit’s Eastern Market website for an entire listing of vendors and restaurants.
If you’ve never visited Detroit’s Eastern Market, what are you waiting for?!? It’s a most delicious experience!