5 treats to try at Detroit's Eastern Market

Detroit's Eastern Market
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A trip to Metro Detroit is incomplete without a pilgrimage to Eastern Market. More than a farmer's market, Eastern Market is working to show how local food systems offer cities new economic opportunities.

After meeting Daniel Carmody, President of the Eastern Market in Detroit, Lloyd wrote:

"There are all kinds of jobs in food, from the obvious ones of farming and production to processing, wholesale and retail. The Eastern Market supports 300 independent food vendors and several hundred non-food vendors. It is expanding to serve the wholesale industry and is helping Detroit schools switch from processed food to locally grown and minimally processed food."

It almost goes without saying that Eastern Market is a fabulous place to shop. Here are five things that made it into my grocery bag.

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1. Michigan grown oats
For a cereal junky, finding something that's healthy and minimally processed can be challenging. But The Granola Tree, hailing from Brighton, MI, offers a range of granolas and oatmeals made from locally grown oats. They carry several unsweetened options, which are perfect for anyone who's cutting down on sugar.
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2. Fresh herbs
Getting the freshest herbs can improve any recipe. I took home fresh mint for tea from N.W. Kaltz & Sons, a farm that has been bringing its produce to Eastern Market for four generations.
zucchini bread at Detroit's Eastern MarketMargaret Badore/CC BY 2.0

3. Zucchini bread
The Bake Shop, traveling from Snover to Detroit, offers a range of baked goods and other treats. My favorite is the zucchini bread, which makes a good breakfast or snack.
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4. Local cheese
Oliver Farms, located in Fostoria, MI offers handmade cheese made with raw organic milk. I bought a block of their Sharp Farmhouse cheddar.
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5. Seasonal fruit
Don't miss the flavors of the season. My most recent trip was on a bitterly cold November Saturday, when apples were the fresh fruit of the hour. In the summer, you'll find a riot of berries.