The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is in the heart of the historic Kerrytown neighborhood of Ann Arbor. In operation for 96 years, the market offers an incredible diversity of products, bringing together farmers, plant nurseries, artisans, food carts, and a variety of prepared food vendors. Join us at our open-air market each week to share in the celebration of local, fresh food and community.
Market Infrastructure Improvement Project
Proposed infrastructure improvements for the Ann Arbor Farmers Market focus on a new market structure to expand vendor stall capacity year-round. The project is intended to serve the market’s vendors, customers and staff as the market evolves and continues to provide a critical outlet for local food in the community and serves as a central community gathering space throughout the year. The market project first identified in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan highlighted the need to improve winter capacity at the Farmers Market. This project is intended to realize improved stall space for the market’s vendors in all seasons. The project reflects the priorities of the Public Market Advisory Commission, which has advocated for the expansion and improvement of market infrastructure for winter purposes. Parks & Recreation Services is committed to improving this park space within the downtown area of the City of Ann Arbor.
History & Purpose
The Market Infrastructure Project Narrative and the Market Infrastructure Project FAQs provide background information and answers to frequently asked questions about the project.
Initial designs were presented at the July 23, 2015 Public Market Advisory Commission Meeting. Follow the link to view the video recording of the meeting and design presentation: Market Infrastructure Project Design Presentation - July 23, 2015 PMAC Meeting.
Revised designs were presented at the September 17, 2015 Public Market Advisory Commission Meeting. Follow the link to view the video recording of the meeting and design presentation: Market Infrastructure Project Revised Design Presentation - September 17, 2015 PMAC Meeting.
Upcoming Public Meetings
Project information is shared at the regular meetings of the Public Market Advisory Commission Meetings will be held in City Council Chambers on the Second Floor of City Hall, 301 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI. All are welcome.
Email Your Input
Feedback and questions can be sent directly to the Public Market Advisory Commission, firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails regarding the project will be presented and filed as part of the public process and record for this project.
Getting to the Market
We encourage walking, biking, taking public transportation, or carpooling to the market!
Bus: The market is just four blocks from the Blake Transit Center (stops for routes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12A,12B, 15 and 16).
Bike: Bike racks are located at the edges of the market along Detroit Street.
Car: There are several public parking lots and garages within walking distance of the market. Metered parking is available at 4th and Catherine, Ann and Main, and 1st and Huron streets. Parking garages are located at Ann and Ashley and 4th and Washington streets.
Wednesday Evening Market
Wednesday Evenings, June through October from 4 to 8 p.m. The Evening Market gives shoppers a convenient time to shop, socialize, and listen to live music performances in a festive, relaxing environment. The market features locally grown produce, meat, cheese, and prepared food carts. Stock up on your groceries for the week during our convenient after work hours or grab dinner and dessert al fresco. If you are interested in becoming an evening vendor in 2016, please contact Sarah DeWitt.
2015 Daytime Vendor Contact Information.pdf
If you are wondering whether a specific vendor will be at market on a particular day, please call our office at 734.794.6255 on the day of the market and we will be happy to let you know if that vendor is here and where they are setup.
Did you forget to bring cash to the market? Stop into the market office and use your debit/credit card to purchase $5 wooden tokens you can use like cash on any market day. There is no transaction fee for customers and a minimum token purchase of $20 is required.
We are also pleased to welcome our customers using Bridge Cards (EBT). Swipe your Bridge Card in the market office and receive $1 wooden tokens to use on any market day. These tokens can be used for anything you can purchase with your Bridge Card at the grocery store, such as produce, meat, cheese, bread, eggs, and edible plant starts. We also participate in the
Double Up Food Bucks program - a great way to stretch your Bridge Card dollars.
Public Market Advisory Commission
The market commission is made up of market vendors, shoppers, and community members who serve in an advisory capacity for the benefit and betterment of the market. Commission meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Larcom City Hall in the 2nd Floor Council Chambers. All regular meetings and work sessions are open to the public.
The latest meeting agendas and minutes, as well as the
video recordings of previous Public Market Advisory Commission meetings are available online.
The Farmers Market is able to provide space for such groups to share information, news and upcoming events, and to interact with community members during market days. If your local community group or non-profit organization would like to come to the Farmers Market, please fill out our Community Group Application.pdf and email it to Sarah DeWitt. Please note that approval of community groups is given at the discretion of the market manager and is based upon the space available on any given market day. The application must be received at least 5 business days before the group's desired market attendance date. All community groups are required to follow the Market Operating Rules, which can be accessed at the bottom of this page.
Special Events at the Market
Are you looking for a unique venue to host a special event in downtown Ann Arbor? Consider the Farmers Market! The market has been host to many events including the HomeGrown Festival, the Kerrytown Book Fest, the Sunday Artisan Market, and many weddings. Review the Market Rental Information.pdf to find out more about the space and how to reserve the market for your next event.
Field Trips to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
A visit to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market can allow teachers to introduce the concepts of seasonality, local food, and sustainable agriculture. Field trips enable children to interact directly with farmers, teach about the health benefits of eating farm-fresh foodand discover the diverse varieties and delicious flavors of foods that are grown in Michigan. For more information about partnering with the market to create an educational, fun outing for your class, contact the market office, 734-794-6255.
Volunteering at the Farmers Market
We are always excited to partner with people who love local food, farms, and community. Send an email to
email@example.com to find out more about volunteering at the market. The staff of our Parks & Recreation Volunteer Program, GIVE365, will help get you started! Visit the GIVE365 website to learn more about volunteering for the Ann Arbor Parks.
Becoming a Vendor
The 2016 vendor application will be available here for download in February 2016. Prior to completing a market vendor application, please read the Applicant FAQs .pdf, which contains important information about the application process, fees, license requirements, and answers to other application questions.
Market Operating Rules
All market vendors and patrons of the market must abide by the Market Operating Rules:
Public Market Operating Rules.pdf
Wednesday Evening Market Operating Rules.pdf