Michigan’s Best Winter Farmers’ Markets & What’s In-Season Right Now

By The 'Gander Staff

January 31, 2023

Michigan’s rich soil gives us some of the best produce in the country. But even when it’s frozen, you can still find plentiful fresh produce at your local farmers’ market.

MICHIGAN—During the state’s long winters, farmers rely on storage crops and greenhouses to get by. 

These are some of the most popular fruits and vegetables you’ll find at Michigan’s winter markets, and a list of markets that sell them:

Greens

With a little bit of heat and hoop houses, Michigan farmers grow several varieties of greens throughout the winter months. Kale, arugula, and romaine lettuce are the most readily available. However, at some markets, you can also find Asian greens like mizuna and pac choi, as well as chard and micro greens. 

Mushrooms

You probably think of mushrooms as a product that thrives in damp, moist, and shady areas when it gets warm out. However, some Michigan producers bring their operations indoors during the cold months. You can find various types of maitake, shitake, King trumpets, and oyster mushrooms at the state’s largest winter markets.

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables are among the most common storage products. Michigan growers who bring their produce to winter markets might have some greenhouse goods, but most offer a variety of root vegetables from their cellars, including  beets, carrots, celery root, kohlrabi, onions, parsnips, potatoes, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, and turnips. 

Apples & Pears

Fresh fruit is much harder to find in Michigan this time of year. Greenhouse-grown fruits, like berries or citrus, can be hit-or-miss at winter markets. However, apples and pears are much more plentiful. Certain varieties can be harvested into November, so it’s easy for growers to store and sell them over the winter.

Squash

Multiple types of squash, including butternut, acorn, and of course, winter squash, are available this time of year at Michigan’s farmers’ markets. Another product of late fall harvests, the squash is easy for growers to store and sell fresh all winter long! 

Michigan’s Winter Markets 

The Holland Winter Market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Holland Farmers Market via Facebook)

Bellaire Winter Farmers’ Market

Where: 116 N. Bridge St.

When: Open Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon, October through mid-May

Holland Winter Market

Where: 150 W. 8th Street, Holland Civic Center Place

When: First and Third Saturdays in January, February and March, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m

Dexter Winter Farmers Market

Where: 7643 Huron River Drive, Dexter United Methodist Church

When: Feb. 4 and Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Muskegon Winter Farmers Market

Where: 242 W. Western Ave.

When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., December through April

Oakland Co. Winter Farmers Market

Where: 2350 Pontiac Lake Rd.

When: Open Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., November through April

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