The Detroit Eastern Market is the largest historic public market district in the United States!
Detroit Eastern Market has been a gem to the city since the early 1800’s. Originally located in Cadillac Square with a focus on hay and wood sales, the market moved to its current location in 1891. It quickly became a gathering spot for local farmers and merchants to sell and trade their goods. Today, the late Victorian architectural sheds still stand. Eastern Market Corporation renovating these historic sheds in 2009. These renovations helped preserve their natural beauty and allowed for markets to continue today.
Many Metro Detroiters have never attended a market, or shopped the local stores. I, myself, hadn’t until I became a market vendor. 4 years later I’m still finding hiding gems around Eastern Market. Rather then keep these gems a secret, I want to share them with you. Join me as I take you on a little tour of this Detroit district. First up, Meet the Sheds!
The first shed was built in 1841. Unfortunately, it was demolished to make room for the freeway in 1967.
Enjoy the breeze in this open-air shed! Built in 1898, it features photo worthy Victorian arches. The beautiful wooden beams are a must see. This is also the shed you will find the Nature Junkie booth. Check our events page for our next pop-up.
Shed 3 is the largest of all the sheds and was built in 1922. You can find local farms and vendors in this shed year-round. Victorian touches mixed with modern industrialism makes this shed truly unique. Sky-lights provide great natural light for your shopping experience.
This tunnel of a shed was built in 1938. Now it’s used as a walkway between Shed 3 and Shed 5. I like to call it “The Tunnel of Food”! This is the shed to go to if you need a bite to eat.
Constructed in 1939 and the smallest of the sheds. You can always find something fun going on in Shed 5. From Shed 5 Flea, Detroit Book Swap, and even the Renaissance Festival. Individuals can also rent this shed for private events. Free Yoga classes take place every Tuesday!
Finally, we have the newest shed. This shed runs behind Shed 5 and was built in 1966. The retro architecture definitely represents the 60’s. On Saturday’s you will find this shed full of plants and flowers. During the holidays it’s full of Christmas trees and wreaths. The pine smell that fills the air will get anyone in the holiday spirit.
Attend a Market!
Saturday’s at the Detroit Eastern Market are the busiest, with up to 45,000 visitors per day! Fruits, vegetables, plants, and local products can be found all year round on Saturdays. Market is open from 7 am – 4 pm.
Sunday’s are for the Street Market! You’ll find the sheds full of local small businesses and artisans. Therefore, local produce and plants are limited. Open from 10 am – 4 pm every Sunday in June through September.
If you’re looking for fresh produce during the week, than the Tuesday market is for you. It’s a smaller scale Saturday market. Tuesday markets run from 9 am – 3 pm every Tuesday in June through September.
Finally, we have the new Thursday Night Market! Come out to the Detroit Eastern Market after dark for live music, shopping, and eats! Every 3rd Thursday of the month from June-September. Times are 5 pm – 10 pm.
More to come!
Stay tuned for additional parts to our series on the historic Detroit Eastern Market. We’ll be sharing a peek in some stores, and even introducing you to some of the market vendors. We hope to see you at a market one day!