Families and farmers markets go together like organic peas and straight-from-the-ranch carrots. A farmers market outing is a chance to stock up on fresh produce, enjoy your community and the outdoors, and teach the youngsters a thing or two about where their food comes from. To get your adventure started, we’ve searched the nation for the very best family-friendly farmers markets–many with special kid extras like story times, face-painting, cooking classes, and more.

Eastern Market – Detroit, MI

The Detroit Eastern Market is more than a farmers market—it’s a full-fledged urban food district that’s been around since 1891. There are six blocks of over a hundred open-air stalls. Among other things, you'll find great produce, homemade jams, maple syrups, and even an occasional goose or rabbit. For kiddie visitors, look for yoga classes, farm animal meet and greets, and more.

Photo credit: Eastern Market Corporation Facebook page

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Abigail Matsumoto