Want to feel like a local while vacationing in Traverse City this summer? Swing by these markets on any day of the week and do as the locals do – eat from their community!
Monday - The Village Farmers Market
A small, but mighty community-focused market, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons hosts farmers and more on their Piazza, directly across the street from the Left Foot Charley tasting room and Higher Grounds Trading Company coffee shop. Plan to make an afternoon of your market visit, with a bocce court open for players and an entire neighborhood of local food stops to explore.
830 Cottageview Drive
Mondays through October, 2-6 pm
Tuesday - Glen Arbor Market
This beautiful morning market in Glen Arbor is a serene set-up in a quaint little town just off the infamous M-22. Buy delicious, locally grown produce, cheeses, and more to enjoy at one of the picturesque beaches nearby. While in Glen Arbor, don’t forget to check out the home base of Cherry Republic – this location is truly a cherry campus, more than a store, so you’ll have plenty to explore.
6394 W. Western Ave, Glen Arbor
9 am-1 pm weekly June through September
Wednesday - Groleau’s Farm Market
Need a midweek local fix? Visitors who are out around the East Bay can find local products beyond a market day by quickly heading up 4 Mile Road to Groleau’s Farm Market. A centennial family farm, you can stock up on fresh produce and pies while enjoying a cone of ice cream. This is a great stop for seasonal essentials - from cherries to Christmas trees!
2100 E Hammond Road
10 am-8 pm Daily throughout the Summer
You can also order ahead for pick-up on Wednesdays at the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market, which is convenient and easy to find in the same location at the corner of Grandview Parkway and Cass St. in Traverse City as their larger Saturday market.
Thursday – Leland Farmers Market
If you are including a visit to Leelanau county during your visit, make sure to include the Leland Farmers Market, part of the Leelanau Farmers Markets, on Thursdays! Find fiery hot sauce, handcrafted soaps, and of course, fresh local fruit, all a stone’s throw away from the unmissable Fishtown neighborhood.
102 River Street (in the Bluebird parking lot) in Leland
Thursdays until September 8th, 9 am-1 pm
Friday - Gallagher’s Farm Market
For those stationed on the West side of Traverse City, Gallagher’s Farm Market is a staple stop in between market days. Seasonally open from asparagus to pumpkins, Gallagher’s sources from dozens of local farmers. They’re a great stop for the entire family, with a barnyard of goats, chickens, and pigs to check out while you’re shopping.
7237 E. Traverse Highway
8 am-6 pm Wednesday-Monday through October
Saturday – Sara Hardy Farmers Market and Chef-led Cooking Demos
The big calendar event for Traverse City market shopping is indisputably Saturday morning when the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market sets up shop right along US-31 across from Clinch Park. Market shoppers can expect to find anything from fresh flowers to French pastries to in-season specialty produce – and this season, a new recipe from Traverse City area chefs on select market days! Make sure to look for the Taste the Local Difference tent to sample a new snack to make with your seasonal finds.
Parking Lot B, at the corner of Grandview Parkway and Cass St.
Sunday – Interlochen Farmers Market
Load up on local for the rest of the week by heading to the Interlochen Farmers Market on Sunday! Open May-October, the Interlochen market hosts 60 different vendors, and includes not only farm stands, but also hosts local artists selling their creations. It has relatively long hours and is only 25 minutes from downtown Traverse City.
2112 M-137 in Interlochen
9 am-2 pm Sundays through October
There’s something local for you every day of the week! Explore more options at localdifference.org.
Additional Everyday Option, if you want to stay in Grand Traverse County:
Farm Club – Nationally recognized restaurant Farm Club makes waves in the local food scene – which means its market is definitely up to snuff! This small in-house market is packed with organic salad greens and seasonal vegetables (many grown on site!), locally-made home goods, and even prepared meals so you can stock up in between market days.
10051 S. Lake Leelanau Drive
12 pm-10 pm Tuesday-Saturday