Detroit – Mother of All
From May till July 4th Detroit Eastern Market is “The mother of all flower market events” in the entire Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, including Canada. It is the most gigantic, gargantuan, grandiose gardening related event in the entire USA. It is a timeless, annual, Detroit only, blooming spectacular reoccurring since 1967. However, the Eastern Market itself has been in operation selling vegetable & produce to Michigan and outlining residence for over the past 15o years; through good times and bad. Things are in full bloom on Flower Day.
What is Eastern Market Detroit? First and foremost, is a visual massive event of garden flowers… This… is… Flower Country!
Detroit Flower Day is a timeless venue for flower lovers; morning, noon, and evenings. It is a stroll into a forest of many colors, many variations of deep earth tones to pastel highlights. It is a Ga-Zillion flowers in full bloom. Ba-Billions of blooms billowing from trucks, rolling about on racks, wagons, & carts, spilling from semis into the streets. It is… a rainbow of a million hues, each individual bloom is a match made from heaven, as quoted by the old adage…”beauty is in the eye of 200,000 Detroit Eastern Market visiting beholders.” Flower Day Flower Show
Detroit Flower Day Display of Dahlias
There are many different restaurants and eateries lining the streets of Eastern Market Detroit. There will be thousands of coneys sold, the same is said for breakfast; fresh eggs, bacon, and grits, will get you pumped up into the shopping mix. Bar-B-Que Ribs, chicken, and sausage, visitors from everywhere will converge on Detroit Eastern Market Flower Day. Yes…there are many dining places and things to eat; both food and treats. Eastern Market Shoppers are greeted with the smell of spices, and pleasant aromas filling the market air, some pungent while other are savory sweet. Some places you dine in other places you can dine out; rows of tables and chairs along the sidewalks invite you to sit. Rest your hanging baskets or your shopping bags. Replenish & refresh the shopping must restart. There are lots of places selling refreshments to drink, some strong, some soft, some sweet. There are nuts to buy, coffees to sample, seasonings to smell as you make this one of your favorite days downtown at Eastern Market Detroit. Plan to stop and visit during Flower Day.
Eastern Market Detroit Meats at Gratiot Central Market
It is a smorgasbord of the meats – There are retail meat stores, wholesale meat stores, meat stores on Russell Street, meat stores on Riopelle Street, meat stores on Gratiot Street across the bridge. Thousand of people buying every kind of meat. Beef and poultry lovers everywhere, come one, come all, small, big, and tall. Gratiot Central Market is a hub for smoked meats, cooked meats, sausages, cold cuts, pork, Bar-B-Que ribs, steaks, fish and yes, even produce; you name it, “they have the meats” at Eastern Market Detroit. Plan to stop and shop during Flower Day
Eastern Market Detroit Gratiot Central Market Meats
Eastern Market Detroit Vegetables & Produce – In Season
Fresh produce trucked in daily. “Two for $5, two for $5” shoppers may hear some of the best deals in town echo under the sheds as they stroll through the Eastern Market Flower Day when Michigan’s produce season begins. Eastern Market Detroit shoppers will discover the big, large, and colorful display of a meandering of vegetable and vibrant fruit colors. During this time, the grounds will be covered in a multiple of different fruits & vegetables. In addition to Michigan water melons, you will find some Texas water melons, Mississippi water melons, Alabama water melons, Georgia water melons, and in every size & shape; round, oblong and really long. Iceberg Lettuce, Romaine, Butterhead Lettuce, Spinach, baby spinach and cabbage. There are bins of tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and baskets of greens, beans and broccoli. They will be selling turnip & mustard greens, green peas & green-beans. Herbs & Spices, okra and garlic under every Detroit Eastern Market Shed. Onions, peppers, potatoes and squash, Eastern Market Detroit will look like an army of marching vegetables & produce from one end Shed 5–Northern-End of the Market of the market to Shed 2–Southern-End of the Market. “The magic of the market” starts this summer into the fall for Fruits & Vegetables at the Market. Market History
Vegetables & Produce
Eastern Market Detroit TailGating
“Worshipping sport events from the back of a truck, car, pickup”
Tailgating is a sports-related social event that occurs as a pre-game activity in the parking lots of sports arenas. Basically, the rear end of a vehicle’s tailgate is dropped, then utilized as a table platform for all the food, beverages and all you can eat & drink during the tailgate party. Vehicle tailgates are stacked & stuffed with soft drinks, beer, wine, strong liquor, burgers, hot dogs, sausage, steaks or anything edible. Some tailgate party setups are quite elaborate, with commercial size grills and grilling on a wholesale level. There will be chips, cheese curls, skins, snacks of all kinds. Additionally, some individuals tailgaters dress up in support of their favorite team and other fanaticals adorned themselves in a ridiculous costume. There is a tailgate space reserved just for you, so come on down and add your excitement to tailgating activities at Eastern Market Detroit. View more… Eastern Market Tailgating Art here.
Tailgating Tailgate Party at Eastern Market Detroit – Ford Field Just Across the Bridge
Eastern Market Detroit Turn of the Century Stores & Shops
In this old store… you can walk into a great selection of cheeses and wines. Plenty of cheeses, bread, spreads, & cakes, pastries & cookie many kinds of other goodie goodie yums yums. Wines by the crates, wine by the bottle, local & imported. Michigan made products, snacks and baked goods. You can find your favorite wine and cheese among the bounty of Eastern Market Detroit at the stores with a turn of the century charm. Plan to take a break on Flower Day.
Old Turn of the Century Stores & Shops
Eastern Market visitors will always find a plethora of vendors every Saturday, in mainly Sheds 2 & 3 and on many streets, but heavily condensed in the Shed 2 areas at the Southern-End of the market. Add shoppers curiosity to the list of things to see and find such as T-Shirts, sports memorabilia. Colorful and unique gifts are found for that special day or special someone such as custom bottle openers. Detroit Eastern Market vendors will “boom” in crafts, jewelry, antiques, art, collectibles and many custom handmade products. This is a relaxing way to spend a weekend. There is always some live entertainment from freelance street performers to heighten the open-air festival atmosphere. Perhaps you can find your favorite, gift at the Detroit Eastern Market.
Street Side Vendors
Read more about the early history of the Detroit Eastern Market‘s infamous SHED NUMBERS (located on top of the structures) that only the real old-timers, True Blue Detroiters are aware of. Whenever you hear an older timer using a carry-over term by referring to Eastern Market outdoor structures as “SHEDS” you know it is an old “True Blue Eastern Market Patriot.” All SHEDS are booming with millions of flowers on Flower Day.
Detroit Eastern Market SHEDS 5 & 6 – Located on the northern end of the market
Eastern Market Detroit Crowds
“Spirit of the crowds…”
Flower Day shoppers are the best crowds of any flower shopping venue. There is no comparison to the Eastern Market Detroit crowds and the jubilant friendly atmosphere they generate. Eastern Market Detroit’s Crowds
The happy shopping hoards have arrived
Eastern Market Detroit – Flea Market
“Something old, something new; lamps furniture, trinkets”
Mainly on Sundays in Shed 5, and Saturdays, but scattered throughout the market particularly at the south-end of the market near Shed 2 and on the adjacent connecting over-pass heading toward the Gratiot Meat Market–visit during Flower Day.