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Eastern Market

Eastern Market is a historic commercial district in Detroit, Michigan. It is located approximately one mile (1.6 km) northeast of the city’s downtown. It is bordered on the south by Gratiot Avenue, the north by Mack Avenue, the east by St. Aubin Street, and the west by Interstate 75 (I-75, Chrysler Freeway). It is sometimes referred to as the “Little Italy” of Detroit, although the Italian community has no tight-knit ethnic neighborhood. The district was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1974 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978; the district’s boundary was increased in 2007. The Eastern Market is located on the city’s central east side near St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and the Lafayette Park neighborhood. The market was transferred from city management in 2006 and now operates through a public-private partnership with the Eastern Market Corporation. Eastern Market is the largest historic public market district in the United States. The Eastern Market farmer’s distribution center is the largest open-air flowerbed market in the United States and has more than 150 food and specialty businesses. About 45,000 people shop in the city’s historic Eastern Market on Saturdays.


The Farmer’s Market in Detroit, MI, opened in 1841 at Cadillac Square in the downtown area. In the 1850s, additional markets were opened on the east side of the city (the present location of Eastern Market) and the west side at the corner of Michigan Ave and 18th Street, later the site of a freeway interchange. In the beginning, the eastern market was devoted to hay and wood sales, but in 1891, sales sheds were built, and the Farmer’s Market was moved from Cadillac Square to its present location and renamed Eastern Market.

The Eastern Market grew through the following decades, and additional sheds were constructed in 1922 and 1929. Following World War II, more wholesalers and food processors moved into the area, and Eastern Market became an important hub for wholesale food distribution.  In 1970, the stalls rented by farmers were decorated with paintings of produce and livestock. Over the years, these murals have become Eastern Market logos. M&H Pest Control Detroit


The market presently covers 43 acres (17 ha) and is the largest historic public market district in the United States. Eastern Market is a selling point for a wide variety of produce, meat, spice, and other products. It is particularly busy on Saturdays, when farmers bring in their poultry and livestock, along with fresh produce, for sale. Although the market is in the largest historic public market district in the U.S., the market is operated by the private sector through a public-private partnership with the Eastern Market Corporation. The Eastern Market Corporation has operated the property since 2006. According to Jennifer Knott Giering, President of the Dearborn, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, “Since its privatization in July 2006, the market has renovated infrastructure, increased attendance, and has become a catalyst for development in the surrounding neighborhood.” Although there is official Detroit Lions tailgating at Ford Field, many tailgaters prefer Eastern Market for Lions home game tailgating.

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