Michigan Products Journal

Detroit's Historic Eastern Market
By Ryan Anderson
Saturday, June 25, 2005

A Public Shed at Eastern MarketThere are many farmer's markets around the state, but none compare in size and activity to Detroit's Eastern Market. Located just outside the downtown area, Eastern Market attracts over 40,000 shoppers on a Saturday morning looking for fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and everything in between. The market has been in continuous operation for over 160 years, and contains a funky mix of public "sheds", retail shops and restaurants that will keep you busy for most of the day. The area recently received a $100,000 "cool cities" grant from the state of Michigan for improvements to make the area even more usable.

The best time to visit is early on a Saturday, when the market is just getting going. Under the public sheds, you’ll find numerous vendors selling fruits and vegetables, and other products from Michigan. Depending on the time of season, you’ll find Michigan grown asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, apples, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, onions, and so much more. Most vendors proudly label products grown in Michigan. In addition to fresh produce, I’ve picked up different types of syrup (particularly blueberry syrup), donuts, apple cider, and fresh applesauce.

Venturing outside the public sheds, there are a few shops where you can pick-up Michigan-made products. The R Hirt Jr. Co. sells many different kinds of cheese, but also sells locally-made Avalon Breads, and has a whole shelf devoted to Michigan products, featuring Sander’s Hot Fudge. Down the street is Germack Co., purveyors of pistachio’s and other nuts, who maintain a retail storefront. On the north side of the Market, at Mack & Russell Street, is the Milano Bakery Café, who carry fresh-baked breads, cakes, and other sweets. Stop in for a coffee and Danish on your way home. When you shop at Eastern Market, you'll find fresh produce and food items, and feel good about supporting local farmers and businesses.

This is the first in a series of articles about Michigan's farmer's markets.  >>>

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Pewabic Pottery: A Living Treasure
By Ryan Anderson
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Great Lakes Calendars: Making Every Day Count
By Ryan Anderson
Thursday, June 23, 2005

Michigan Events Wall CalendarBarb Mort, founder of Great Lakes Calendars, prefers to run her business with the help of local suppliers. The native of Michigan, who currently resides in Traverse City, uses photos from local photographers for her Michigan calendars, which are then printed by a local printing company. She has been running the company for 2 years, and is always looking for ways to help her area's economy, which includes working as a co-ordinator for the TC Chamber of Commerce.

Great Lakes Calendars offers two types of calendars that can be customized with a company's logo and message. The Michigan Events wall calendar is wire-bound, and measures 11" x 18" when opened up. Each month features a beautiful Michigan photograph, and the calendar includes a listing of Michigan events throughout the year, as well as a Michigan Destination Guide in the back. The other type of calendar is called the "Calendar-In-A-Case", which is a set of full-color double-sided postcards (1 month on each side), creatively packaged in a jewel case that becomes an easel. I had one on my desk at work and always had people checking it out, asking where it came from.

The company's latest offering is a line of hand-made leather corporate gifts, such as binders, journals, day planners, even fly fishing accessories. The pieces are made in Northern Michigan using recycled paper and scrap wood, and feature the fine work of Michigan artisan Ted Gilmer. For more information about their calendars of corporate gifts, visit www.GreatLakesCalendars.com today.  >>>

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