Motor City Fast Facts
What’s the history behind Eastern Market?
The six-block Eastern Market featuring more than 250 independent vendors has been a Detroit destination since 1891. The market’s rich history is recounted on the Eastern Market Corporation Web site (www.detroiteasternmarket.com) in an article by Ed Deeb, tracing back to the very beginning when the Detroit Farmer’s Market started at Cadillac Square in 1841, located east of Woodward Avenue.
It was re-named Eastern Market in 1891 following a move to a new site, located between Gratiot on the south, Mack Ave. on the North, St. Aubin on the east, and the I-75 freeway service drive on the west.
Today, an estimated 45,000 visitors sample Eastern Market wares every Saturday.