Market Hours: May through December: Wednesday & Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
January through April: Saturday Only, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sarah DeWitt is the current market manager.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market: Timeline
November 21, 2015. New building to provide winter relief for Ann Arbor Farmers Market vendors, customers. Ann Arbor News. "Market Manager Sarah DeWitt said the project is still in the design review phase and construction isn't likely to happen until 2017."
June 1, 2015. The Farmers Market appears on the June 1, 2015 agenda of the Ann Arbor City Council as part of a resolution to approve an agreement with Fair Food Network (FFN) to administer the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program at the Farmer's Market and to accept and appropriate up to $50,000 in funding into the Major Grants Fund. According to the staff memo accompanying the resolution, DUFB is a statewide program providing incentives to encourage healthier food choices for food stamp recipients, directly benefiting low-income families and local farmers in Michigan and working to impact future food and nutrition policy. The DUFB program provides a match of up to $20/person/day for those customers using SNAP (Bridge Cards/EBT/Food Stamps) to purchase Michigan grown fruits and vegetables at farmer's markets across Michigan.
Produce at Farmer's Market changes with the season. Here are some reports from past years to help you look forward to what's going to be there.
In mid January 2010 there were apples, eggs, sauerkraut, donuts, cider, fresh mushrooms, knife sharpening, cabbage, winter squash, duck eggs, spinach, and more.
In Februrary 2010 there are alfajores cookies, apples, beef, beets, bread, brisket, buffalo, canned fruit, cheese curds, coffee, cutting boards, donuts, duck eggs, eggs, furniture, garlic, gluten free baked goods, honey, organic ice cream, jams, jellies, jewelry, knife sharpening, kombucha, lamb, maple sugar, maple syrup, onions, organic pork, potatoes, radishes, rag rugs, spinach, swiss chard, and yogurt, and more.
In March 2010, there are alfajores cookies, apples, beef, bread, brioche, buffalo, cheese curds, coffee, cutting boards, donuts, duck eggs, eggs, furniture, gluten free baked goods, honey, organic ice cream, jams, jellies, jewelry, knife sharpening, kombucha, lamb, pea greens, potatoes, pussy willows, rag rugs, spinach, sprouts, and yogurt, and more.
In mid June 2008, you could take home lettuces, asparagus, spring onions, spinach, dandelion greens, beets, fresh oregano, strawberries, spicy greens mix, carrots, tatsoi, squash blossoms, fresh mozzarella from Zingerman's Creamery, chocolate truffles from Sweet Gem Confections, as Jen at [A2eatwrite http://a2eatwrite.blogspot.com/2008/06/farmers-market-thursday-june-19-2008.html] did.
In mid June 2007, you could find strawberries, peas, kale, lettuce, greens, asparagus, and lots of flowers at market.
As of early August 2006, you could find fresh local blueberries, raspberries, okra, summer squash, bok choi, lettuce, radishes, onions, greens, corn, tomatoes, green and purple beans, and often lots of flowers at the market.
In mid September 2007, there were apples, okra, winter squash, tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes.
In late November 2015 there were eggs, chicken, apples, winter squash, holiday greenery, fresh and smoked fish, cabbage, and rapini,
There is free parking in the county lot at Fourth and Catherine and the county courthouse lot at Fourth and Ann. Paid parking lots include the city lot at Fourth and Catherine, the Community High lot on Fifth, and the Ann Ashley structure. On street parking is free north of Beakes.
In 2006, there was free parking nearby for the summer only at the Ann Ashley structure.
A number of farmers have regular stalls. Here's something resembling a list. (Missing a lot of people!)
As of August 2008, the market prints a list of vendors and what stalls they are occupying.
- Erie Orchards - peaches, blueberries
- Gibb's Berry Farm - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
- Kapnick Orchards - peaches, apples, pies, "apple fritters"
- Sodt's Berry Farm - blueberries
- Wasem Fruit Farm - gooseberries, red currants, apples, peaches
- Ernst Farm - lamb, pork, beef, chicken (order at market for later pickup)
- Hannewald Lamb Company - lamb, bratwurst
- TMZ Farm - buffalo and beef
Jams, chutneys and syrups
- Anatolian Bakery, run by Sevgi Özdemir who sells Turkish and American-style baked goods
- Cafe Japon
- Cecilia's Pastries
- Mill Pond Bakery with breads
- Tasty Bakery, gluten free
- various people selling pies, loaves of bread, muffins and cookies
- Coffee from Roos Roast
- Decorations, including wreaths and roping
- Painted wood figures of angels, etc
- Bird houses
- Furniture from Mr. Jewett
- Kenzoil (April - December)
- Patchwork housewares
- Folk art paintings
- Tote bags
- Leather purses
- Oil paintings
- Cutting boards
- Drawings and mixed-media 3D art
- Flowers (perennials, annuals, and cut)
- Perennials & annuals in season (lots of hostas)
- Seedlings: tomatoes (many varieties), basil, peppers, and all the other usual suspects. See gardening.
Produce not grown locally
Some farmers have been accused by other farmers of bringing in non-local produce bought wholesale in violation of market rules, according to a September 2006 Ann Arbor Observer story. The only vendor mentioned by name was Erie Orchards, subject of a July 1999 complaint about Georgia peaches.
The market has a 10 kilowatt solar array providing electricity.
On the radio
Follow the hyperlocal controversy:
Ignore the controversy and focus on the food:
- The Farmers Marketer
- Una Buona Forchetta
- Teacher In the Hood
- Mae's Food Blog
- The Hungry Masses
- The Gastronomical Three
- An Organic Summer
- Mothers Kitchen
- See photos of the Ann Arbor Farmer Market at RealTimeFarms.com.