- 1619 E. Kalamazoo St.
- Lansing, MI 48912
- (517) 367-2468
A few weeks ago, I wrote a review at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market (review HERE) and raved about the selection of peppers and fresh herbs. Jackiecat was quick to point out that a lot of those same ingredients were available at Markets here in town. She suggested both the Allen Street Farmer’s Market and the Meridian Farmer’s Market.
I had heard about the Allen Street Farmer’s Market, but haven’t been there yet this summer. J goes to work at 3:00 and the Market opens at 2:30 so there was really no time for us to go together. I suppose I could always go by myself, but she eats most of the produce and I’m not very good at picking out what’s good and what’s not.
Since it was recommended I check out, I set down the Wii remote and turned Mario Kart off for a while, jumped in my truck and went shopping. I found the Allen Street Market on the corner of East Kalamazoo and Allen Streets. The Farmer’s Market is in a parking lot on the corner. I saw signs for parking and followed the around the corner to find another parking lot. It was a pretty tight fit, but I parked then walked over to the tents to see what I could find.
There was a little more than a dozen vendors selling everything from soap to meat to fresh produce. I never did find the same selection of fresh herbs, but I did find a lot of stuff I wanted to buy. I stopped at one booth and picked up a bunch of potatoes. I ran into a little problem when I went to pay though. I forgot to stop at the ATM and get cash and I didn’t have enough on me to even buy one basket of spuds. Damnit! I had plans to buy some eggs, some potatoes and some more berries for J.
Since I didn’t know where the closest ATM was, I just decided to call it a night. Maybe I’ll run down to Holt tomorrow and try the Market there. The thing I really liked about the Allen Street Farmer’s Market is that it’s really a neighborhood market. There were quite a few people walking around at 4:00 looking for fresh, local food. I would love to see more Farmer’s like this during the week. The big ones on Saturday morning are nice, but these little ones add a lot to an older neighborhood.