When I was in Michigan recently, I participated in events ranging from cooking demonstrations and classes to lively talks about how food is medicine. After all the work was done, my favorite past-time was hanging out with the organic farmers in the local farmers markets.
One of my more memorable stops was at the historic Eastern Market in Detroit, which is in the midst of a revival due to recent restorations and an explosion of interest in local, farm grown foods. On this early spring day in April, the market was teaming with people buying food for the week ahead.
The chatter between the farmers and shoppers was accompanied by music from talented musicians scattered throughout the market. It was exciting to see the market still thriving as the heart-center of the Detroit food chain.
While there, I was thrilled to see my old friends Randy and Shirley Hampshire of Hampshire Farms in Kingston, Michigan. Hampshire Farms was one of the original farms which participated in the Inn Season Organic Growers booth at the Royal Oak Farmers Market in 1990 and 1991.
They have been at the forefront in the push for more certified organic farming in the Midwest region, a breed of farmers who I consider to be the real heroes of the modern food revolution.
Join me as I walk through the market, talk with Randy Hampshire and look at some of the market’s incredible produce.
I encourage you to visit this landmark, which is open every Saturday, and participate in the timeless grandeur of our local fresh food system. Take a look at a video of my visit and hear Randy speak about his extraordinary products.