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The Royal Oak Farmer’s Market

Don’t miss out on the end of the autumn harvest!  There is still a wide selection of locally-grown produce (along with a huge variety of other items — from potpouri and artisinal cheese to weird homemade soaps and antiques) available at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market.

The Royal Oak Farmer’s Market, located at 316 E 11 Mile Road, 2 blocks east of Main Street, is open all year:

  • Fridays     — 7 am – 1 pm — May through Christmas
  • Saturdays — 7 am – 1 pm — April through December
  • Saturdays — 8 am – 2 pm — January through March
  • Sundays   — 8 am – 3 pm — Antiques and Collectibles (except major holidays)

The Royal Oak Farmers Market opened as a truck market, at the corner of 4th and Troy streets, on October 14, 1925 as a cooperative venture between the then-new City of Royal Oak and Oakland County, Michigan. The present structure was erected in the spring of 1927 and dedicated July 1 of that year. It has been a popular institution for more than 80 years.

Since 1997 the Farmers Market has been solely owned and operated by the City of Royal Oak. The Market is located in the Civic Center at the corner of 11 Mile Road and Troy Street, across from the Library and adjacent to the 44th District Court. –Farmer’s Market website

There is live music at the Farmers Market most Saturdays.

There is live music at the Farmer’s Market most Saturdays.

A few more photos from the autumn harvest bounty after the jump.  Later in the week we’ll do a post highlighting some of the local characters who bring the produce from the farm to our little City.

If only I knew what to do with fresh turnips . . .

If only I knew what to do with fresh turnips . . .

Time to make a pumpkin pie!

Real. Fresh. Ingredients.

Try some of these on a salad.  Youll never eat a boring tomato from Meijer again.

Try some of these on a salad. You’ll never eat a boring tomato from Meijer again.

Come back on Tuesday for more photos — and to learn about Vic the Breadman, the Cinzori Farm, Ray of Garden Art Stuio, the nice folks at Czelada Orchards, and 3rd and 4th generation farmers George and Tyler Uhlianuk.

8 responses to "The Royal Oak Farmer’s Market"

  1. Carrie Nov 24, 2008 at 11:36

    That sounds amazing! I’m going to have to check it out.

  2. senora fernandez Nov 24, 2008 at 17:46

    why are you dissing Meijer?

  3. Brandon Nov 24, 2008 at 17:50

    With all apologies to Meijer (which does have some good prices…), I do think you’ll find the fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market tastest much better — especially when it comes to tomatoes and apples. So much more flavor! Nothing is worse than one of those big, plain, waxy grocery tomatoes…

  4. Frank P Nov 25, 2008 at 00:40

    Nice photos… This is a wonderful little market.

  5. Booshido Nov 26, 2008 at 14:47

    I always like going to farmer’s whether I am at home or traveling. It is amazing that I can support local farmers and always find great, fresh products. It is delightful just to go hang out there. Even I don’t buy anything, I enjoy watching public scene while getting my to-go cup of coffee with a piece of home-made coffee not so far away from the stall… Despite of my love for Meijer, I agree that we can get a good price out of bread from there but the fresh bake from the farmer’s market… tho.. irresistible !

  6. Booshido Nov 26, 2008 at 14:55

    piece of home-made COOKIE.. I mean…

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  8. Brandon Nov 29, 2008 at 22:53

    I agree, Booshido, that little bakery/ coffee stand is great. Especially now that it’s getting so COLD!