5 Reasons to Shop Local at Holland Farmers Market this Season

Every Wednesday and Saturday on 8th Street, nestled between Pine and Maple Avenues, is a gathering of local-loving shoppers eagerly reaching for the freshest tomato, fragrant flower, or warm pretzel. Whether you’re a long-time Hollander or just in the neighborhood for a dip in Lake Michigan, you don’t want to miss the exciting things planned at the Holland Farmers Market this season.

Holland Farmers Market

1. It’s all Michigan-grown and Michigan-made.

The Holland Farmers Market takes pride in being a producer’s market, meaning everything is locally grown or made in Michigan. With over 75 unique vendors and year-round opportunities to find Michigan-made goods, the Holland Farmers Market is a must-visit wonder of West Michigan. 

2. The location rocks.

Gourmet mushroom producer, Mycophile’s Garden, has been vending at the market since 2015. “The Holland Farmers Market is unique in the fact that it’s a very large market for a relatively small city. They have one of the best spaces of any of the markets we attend, with a large dedicated outdoor space that is partially shaded and gives the feel of being at a street fair or street market, “ says Chris Swinson, Chief Fungal Officer. Relax in the shade, bask in the sun, or cool off in the food court – it’s all available to enjoy.

Shoppers at the Holland Farmers Market.

3. There’s entertainment – everywhere.

In addition to the stellar layout, the street market feeling is exemplified by the banjo players, human statues, balloon twisters, and other performers who are speckled out through the crowd. 

Family shopping at the Holland Farmers Market.

4. It’s all about community. 

“It’s about so much more than just shopping for food because you can do that at the grocery store. At the market you get the chance to engage with your community, try new things, and meet the farmers that are growing the food you’re feeding your family.”

– Kara de Alvare, Holland Farmers Market Marketing Coordinator

Shoppers who show up hungry, or in need of caffeine, can satisfy their appetite by heading to the food court where they can find breakfast tacos, blueberry donuts, and coffee from a variety of tried-and-true vendors. 

Simpatico Coffee Truck

5. There’s something for everyone. 

When breakfast is finished, check in to see what adult classes are on the schedule. Some past examples include composting 101, mushroom identification, and tips for healthy meal preparation. Or maybe you’re looking for something more kid-centric – in that case, Herrick District Library hosts Market Story Time and there’s a slew of free kid’s activities available every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am. 

What to Know Before You Shop

Hours and Times

  • May 15 – October 26 | 8am-2pm every Wednesday and Saturday
  • November | 9am-1pm every Wednesday and Saturday
  • December 7 & 14 | 9am-1pm Saturday
  • Indoor Market: takes place inside the Holland Civic Center
    • January-April | 9am-1pm every 1st and 3rd Saturday
Farm-fresh produce market stall.

How to Pay

Other Important Details

  • Onsite parking is available and FREE
  • ATM is located onsite
  • No matter how adorable, dogs are not allowed at market

Experience the richness of community at Holland Farmers Market this summer (and all year). We can’t wait to hear about the Michigan goodies you discover!

This article was written in partnership with Holland Farmers Market.

Emily Row is the Media & Brand Manager at Taste the Local Difference. You may contact her at [email protected]