Natalie and I had the fortune to visit Michigan this summer and run around all over Muskegon. Summer flowers were blooming everywhere. Beautiful buds sprang forth on every hillside, driveway, and even on the side of the road. Large, abundant flowers, heavily laden stalks of corn, and produce of all types were visible in fields simply by driving down a country road on the way to the next town or a trip down to the cool shores of Lake Michigan. This time of year, Michigan was alive and thriving with vegetation of all sorts.
During our stay, Natalie’s mom and sister Sarah took us to the Farmer’s Market in Muskegon. It was the middle of the week, so only half of the market was occupied, but we were simply floored at the variety and quality of the products available. Corn was especially good. I purchased a variety called “Peaches and Cream” which was an almost candy-sweet, juicy bi-color ear of buttery goodness. We bought and ate plenty of goods during our stay. The vendors and shoppers alike were friendly, smiling people. Everyone seemed to be having a good time at the Farmer’s Market. Not to mention, the best blueberries in the world were in season.
While there, the vendors were kind enough to allow me to snap picture after picture. I tend to go a little nuts when we have the camera with us. I took shot after shot of everything from crisp, brightly colored radishes to deeply hued and unusually shaped eggplants. It was a culinarian’s dream come true.
The market is open May through December Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Make sure to visit the official site for information, the special events calendar, and even a video about the market.
According to the market’s official site, “The Muskegon Farmer’s Market is a division of the City of Muskegon and is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts a giant Flea Market where everything imaginable is sold.”
If you ever find yourself anywhere near Muskegon, it is most certainly worth a drive. A sea of flowers, piles and piles of the best produce Michigan has to offer, and dedicated vendors make this a must-visit for any cook or anyone that just happens to like to eat.