We love Eastern Market

Living in Detroit

I love shopping at Eastern Market because there are so many fresh, local products to choose from, even in the winter. My kids love it because there’s so much to see and do.

BC and I were there last Saturday and he had a great time trying all the samples, waving to people, pushing the cart, and eating popcorn. But his favorite part (this goes for BE too) is “the xylophone guy.” There are many musicians at Eastern Market, but “xylophone guy”  is their favorite, because he lets them play his xylophone. Of course, BC was very excited as soon as he saw his friend on Saturday. And, he gave a great “concert!”


Dequindre Cut

Living in Detroit

We live right near an entrance to the Dequindre Cut, “an urban recreational path.” The “Cut” was formerly a railroad line and is below street level. It provides a pedestrian-only path from the Riverfront all the way to Eastern Market, and will hopefully be expanded. J and the kids have been on the Cut countless times since we moved, but I only got to use it recently. J and BE were out for the day, so BC and I took a bike ride down to the Riverfront. BC loves bike riding and he was excited to coast down the “entrance ramp” and to play at the park when we got down to the Riverfront near the Renaissance Center. I’m looking forward to warmer weather when we can use the Cut more often – I especially want to take it to Eastern Market!


Dequindre Cut with BC

A food oasis

Living in Detroit

When people learn that I now live in Detroit, they often ask, “so where do you grocery shop?” Detroit has a reputation for being a “food desert.” People often hear that there are no grocery stores in the city and are told that Detroiters shop at party stores where they buy prepackaged food. I have no doubt that there are some pockets of the city where fresh and healthy food is hard to find, but we happen to be fortunate enough to live just blocks from great grocery store. Plus, we’re less than a mile from Eastern Market. Here’s a sample of what I bought this week from the local store (and there are no Twinkies or soda bottles in sight!):

Do you grocery shop in the city? If so, what’s your experience been like?