The Sara Hardy Farmers Market in downtown Traverse City, Michigan, was hopping on a beautiful fall Saturday, the last of September. Also known as the Cherry Capital, Traverse City is the largest city in Northern Lower Michigan and home of the National Cherry Festival. The farmers market is located in a central spot, as Bill is pointing out on the map.
Although the cherries are long gone by September, there’s still plenty of local produce to enjoy in the fall in Michigan. I love seeing how many people come out to support the area’s farmers.
Usually when I visit Northern Lower Michigan I spend my time in the Leelanau Peninsula so I tend to visit the Leelanau County farmers markets. This is the first time I actually stayed in Traverse City. And what a fun weekend it was. The fall produce was amazing….everything from potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and apples to honey, leeks, kale, and pumpkins.
Once you’ve got your produce, it’s a short drive to a number of wineries in the region, such as Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery. Fall is a great time to visit Northern Lower Michigan!