As we enter the growing season, there are usually tons of Ann Arbor Farmers Markets popping up. This year, the Farmers Markets are opening more slowly and with additional restrictions.
The article will include both the Farmers Markets currently open and those that are not open. In 2021, we will re-evaluate whether to remove farmers markets that are still not operating.
Farmers Market Changes for 2020
For 2020, there will be some changes at Farmers Markets to promote social distancing and keep everyone safe from COVID-19.
Some markets are allowing less vendors to enable booths to be setup further apart.
The general rules:
- Social Distancing of 6′ maintained in market
- No socializing at the market
- No samples
- No handling products
- Pre-order options available for pickup
Many markets are opening with just a pre-order pickup model and then transitioning to also allowing in market shopping.
I do not expect to see events like cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, or food truck rallies, until late summer at the earliest.
All Ann Arbor Farmers Markets
Markets Currently Open or Opening Dates Set
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is in Phase 2 of their reopening. They still have reduced hours (7a-noon) and are offering pre-orders and pickup. You may shop in person at the Farmers Market. There is one-way traffic, social distancing of 6′, no lingering to socialize, and other changes in the market policies.
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is the largest in the Ann Arbor area. It typically operates year round, with expanded hours May through October. Visit the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in the Kerrytown historic district (315 Detroit St). They have special events several times a year, so be sure to check the Ann Arbor with Kids Upcoming Events calendar for more details.
- 7a-3p May-December
- 8a-3p January-April
- 7a-3p May-December
First Wednesday Food Truck Rallies are typically held the first Wednesday of the month from May through October. The May event is canceled. A decision has not been made on future events yet.
Ypsilanti Farmers Market
The Ypsilanti Farmers Markets are still closed. They have tentatively rescheduled opening days for Saturday, June 20 for the Depot Town Market. They are keeping the Tuesday market online at this time..
In the meantime, Growing Hope has launched the Ypsi Area Online Market in conjunction with The Farm at St Joe’s and Zilke Farm Kitchen. There are 3 no/low contact pickup locations.
The Ypsilanti Farmers Markets are Saturday mornings (9a-1p) in Depot Town and Tuesdays (3-7p) in Downtown. The Depot Town Farmers Market is located at 100 Rice St. The Downtown Market’s address is 16 South Washington. The outdoor markets are open May to October. In the winter (November-April), they offer an indoor farmers market on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month
Saline Farmers Market
The Saline Farmers Market resumed in the outdoor location on May 2 as originally planned. They have restrictions in place including: no socializing, no samples, no handling products, and sanitize hands upon entry. They will also form socially distanced lines as needed.
The Saline Farmers Market is held Downtown on Saturdays from May 4 through October 26 and indoors on Saturday at the Liberty School from November 2, 2019 through April 25, 2020.
The outdoor Saline Farmers Market is from 8a-noon in the parking lot at Michigan Avenue and Ann Arbor Rd.
Pittsfield Township Farm Market
The Pittsfield Township Farmers Market is planning to open in June and run through September. They are limiting farms in person at the Farmers Market and offering an online Farmers Market with additional vendors for pickup at the market.
The Pittsfield Township Farmers Market is typically on Thursdays from 3-7p. This year the farmers market will be at the Pittsfield Township Office (6201 W. Michigan Ave) all season long. In addition to the fresh foods available they usually offer special activities and entertainment. Their 2019 season did not start until the end of May.
Dexter Farmers Market
Dexter Farmers Market has adjusted their plans for 2020 opening. They were open in May only for pickup of pre-orders on essential items. They are opening for shopping on June 6. There will be several changes for the 2020 season. It is requested that only one member of your household shop at the farmers market, that you wear a mask, and wash your hands on entry. They will also be limiting the number of people allowed inside at a time.
The Dexter Farmers Market is held on Saturdays from 8a-1p and Tuesday 2-6p from May through October. Visit the Dexter Farmers Market on Alpine St in downtown Dexter.
Chelsea Farmers Market
The Chelsea Farmers Market is reopening for in person shopping on June 6. They are also offering online orders for pickup. 8-9a will be reserved for vulnerable customers to shop. There will be more space between vendors, one-way traffic, products displayed behind the vendor, and hand washing stations. Vendors will wear masks and be health screened. Online payments or exact change policies will be in effect.
The Chelsea Farmers Market holds 2 weekly farmers markets from May through October and 1 weekly farmers market in the winter. The summer farmers markets are held on Saturdays from 8a-1p at Palmer Commons and Wednesdays from 1-5p in the Chelsea State Bank lot from May-October. The Winter Farmers Market is held from 10a-2p on Saturdays in November and December.
Dixboro Farmers Market
The market opened on schedule on May 29.
The Dixboro Farmers Market is Fridays from 3-7p. The Farmers Market opens on May 29 and runs through October 23 (except July 3). Don’t miss their Cars on the Green on September 18 (rain date September 25) and Halloween Extravaganza on October 25. Find the Dixboro Farmers Market at the eastern edge of the historic Dixboro Village Green (5221 Church Rd). Free parking is available in the church parking lot at the foot of the Village Green.
Closed Farmers Markets
Cobblestone Farm Market
The Cobblestone Farm Market is over. In mid-February the team decided to discontinue their Farmers Market.
In the comments of the Facebook announcement, they clarified that this is a permanent closure.
Cobblestone Farm Market was held on Tuesdays from 4-7p at Cobblestone Farm from late spring through fall. In addition to food available in the market, they typically have activities each week (many for children) as well as live entertainment. Cobblestone Farm is part of Buhr Park. It’s address is 2781 Packard Ave.
Farmers Markets without Updates
Westside Farmers Market
The Ann Arbor Westside Farmers Market is held in the Zingerman’s Road House parking lot in Westgate Shopping Center on Thursdays from 3-7p. Their 2020 season starts June 11 and runs through October 1. They have not announced any changes due to COVID-19. It will likely depend on conditions closer to their opening day.
Webster Farmers Market
It is not clear what the current status of the Webster Farmers Market is. They are listed on the Michigan Farmers Market Association page, but their website and Facebook page have been deleted. I received no answer at calling the listed phone number. They did not open for 2019 until June, so it may be worth checking back for details.
The Webster Farmers Market was started in December 2017. It is held from noon-3p on the second and fourth Sundays of the month during the summer. Visit the Webster Farmers Market at 5501 Webster Church Rd in Dexter. Their 2019 season began on June 9 and runs through August.
The Webster Farmers Market is unique.
- One checkout for all vendors
- Woven shopping baskets are provided
- Complimentary Coffee by Stovetop Roasters
- All vendors from or nearby Webster Township
Farmers Markets by Day (Normal Summer Schedule):
The following is the normal Summer Schedule for Ann Arbor Farmers Markets:
- 2-6p Dexter Farmers Market
- 3-7p Ypsilanti Downtown Farmers Market
- 7a-3p Ann Arbor Farmers Market
- 1-5p Chelsea Farmers Market
- 3-7p West Side Farmers Market
- 3-7p Pittsfield Township Farmers Market
- 3-7p Dixboro Farmers Market
- 7a-3p Ann Arbor Farmers Market
- 8a-noon Saline Farmers Market in Downtown Saline
- 8a-1p Dexter Farmers Market
- 8a-1p Chelsea Farmers Market
- 9a-1p Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market
- ?? Status in question?? noon-3p Webster Farmers Market (2nd & 4th Sunday)
Year Round Farmers Markets
Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Saline offer their Farmers Markets year round. The Ypsilanti and Saline Farmers Markets move indoors for winter (typically November through April).
- Ann Arbor Farmers Market – Outdoors on Saturdays from 8a-3p
- Saline – Indoors at Liberty School 9a-noon
- Ypsilanti -Second and Fourth Tuesdays only – Indoors at Ypsilanti Farmers Market from 3-7p
Farmers Market Event Listings:
The following are the events listings for Ann Arbor Farmers Markets: