Experience the hustle and bustle of a big-city market neighborhood when you take a daytrip to Detroit’s Eastern Market–just a little over an hour’s drive north on I-75.
If you’re searching for an endless array of produce and locally made products, this is certainly the place. The largest historic market in the country, Eastern Market consists of five sheds or large buildings that are heated during the winter months. In addition to the fresh produce vendors, the market offers art, jewelry and Michiganmade products. During peak months, especially during the Michigan harvest, more than 150 vendors fill the corridors. The market is open every Saturday year round from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free parking exists all around the area making it convenient to visit the market as well as its 100 surrounding shops, restaurants, cafes, and meat and seafood markets. Check out the floor to ceiling display of wine at Cost Plus Wine Warehouse, and lose yourself while perusing the thousands of specialty foods at DeVries & Co. 1887.
For a late lunch or early supper, stop in for a slice or two at Supino Pizzeria. No utensils are needed as patrons simply fold their slices in half. The line is usually out the door by noon, and seating is sparse, but don’t let that discourage you because the fourcheese pizza is worth the shoulder-toshoulder crowd. While in the vicinity, head to Sister Pie, a charming and eclectic bakery located at the corner of Kercheval and Parker streets in Detroit’s West Village neighborhood. In business since Thanksgiving 2012 and in its current location for only eight months, the bakery has a huge clientele and fan base through its Facebook and Instagram accounts. In fact, it was Instagram that led me to discover the business. Lisa Ludwinski, the bakery’s owner attributes her success to “Lots and lots of work. You have to be willing to do it every day of your life.” Sister Pie’s menu changes seasonally offering unique combinations of ingredients in their pies and baked goods such as Salted Maple Pie, Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Pie, Cheesy Kale Scones and Roasted Potato, Caramelized Onion and White Bean hand pies. “Pie speaks to everyone. We took traditional mixtures and added our own personality,” said Ludwinski. Jennifer Ruple is the author of the blog somedaycowgirl.blogspot.com.