One of the greatest vendors down there is Don Schneider, a.k.a. “The Mushroom Man”. He serves up some of the best fungus among us, along with great fresh bagged spinach, oranges, and avocados. His mushrooms can cost from $2 to $220 a pound depending on what you are looking for.
Recently, a friend cooked up some great pasta for me with large chunks of Fish Sausage that blew my mind! The sausage came from a new addition to the market, Joann's Great Lakes Fresh Catch, which is located in Shed 3. They promise to bring some great selections out this Saturday including Frozen Whitefish Fillets, Frozen Salmon Fillet Portions, Frozen Lake Trout Fillets, Frozen Whole Dressed Salmon, Smoked Whitefish (Chunks and Whole), Smoked Lake Trout Chunks, Smoke Salmon Fillets, Smoked Whitefish Spread, and Smoked Whitefish Cajun Sausage. Mmmmm who isn't looking for some fresh Michigan caught Trout Chunks!?!? Seriously though some of the best stuff I've ever tasted!
After you have hunted down your fresh veggies and produce in two of the covered tents which, ARE OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND (Saturdays from 7am-3pm) you can head over to Rocky Peanut Company. There you can pick up some fresh granola for that morning yogurt and some Detroit Tigers stadium style peanuts to snack on throughout the day. A girl can get in trouble buying so many great snacks in bulk!
While you're down there, walk a couple doors down and have a quick meal at the Russell Street Deli! In addition to their regular menu, they have awesome weekly specials!
Before you head home make sure to stop into R. Hirt for some fresh cheese! There may be a long line at times, but its the only place where you can get cheese that Americans wouldn’t be embarrassed to share with the French!
The eastern market is a wonderful place to shop local, buy healthy food and buy one of a kind Detroit products!