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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Detroit's Eastern Market
Last Saturday I spent the day at the Eastern Market in
Detroit. It’s hard to believe that I had never been there.
It is six-block
public market where up to 40,000 people visit weekly. The Saturday market is
open year-round from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. Since it is so large and I arrived relatively
late in the morning, I found it relaxingly uncrowded. It is a visual
experience, so I have created a visual blog post.
We started at Russell Street Deli for lunch. There was a bit of a line
to get into the building, and the man in front of us told us all about the
market. We were seated European style, and the women next to us said that all
of the food was so good that they could not make a specific recommendation. I had
the vegetarian Rueben sandwich. When I asked the waiter about Michigan produced
food, he said that about 90% of the food served at the restaurant is from
Retail surrounds the market, and Rocky’s is one store that
features many Michigan products as well as a large bulk food department. There
were many packaged MI products that I had never seen before.
Ethel’s is a gluten free bakery that has a stall at the