Grosse Pointe Park Farmers Market, The Sprout House, Morning Glory Coffee & Pastries

16 Jun

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West Park Farmers Market is located in the tiny community of Grosse Pointe Park, and is a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. Colorful umbrellas dot tree-lined Kercheval, they have a bit of everything here, selections change as the season does. Lots of plants for sale; vegetable and flower, gorgeous hanging baskets with flowers cascading down the sides. Produce is limited so early in the summer, but increases as the season progresses. Lots of products to sample, bread, bbq sauce and sweets, it’s all good! Stone birdhouses, jewelry, and fabric crafts too, it changes up a little each Saturday. A DJ on a corner played mellow tunes as we took in artists works, blue sky and a gentle breeze, it was a lovely day to be outside. The cool thing about this market is that it is right in the center of the city, as you browse the vendors you are walking past cute restaurants and shops, they’re always happy to welcome you in. Allow yourself enough time when you come, the market is open from 9:00-1:00, and plan on staying for lunch.

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The Sprout House Natural Foods Market is located on the corner of Kercheval and Lakepointe. It is like the old-fashioned corner store gone green. In addition to a wide variety of organic and health food products they also sell ready made food items; from sandwiches and salads to soup, let me tell you everything is incredibly flavorful! Our favorite sandwich is the Southwest Avocado, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it, I have no idea what kind of spices they use that can make an avocado taste so good, but it works. The outdoor tables were occupied so we sat in the front window and ate, overlooking the crowds milling about. The dogs looked like they were having as much fun as the people.

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Our next stop was a little further north on Kercheval in Grosse Pointe Farms. Morning Glory Coffee and Pastries is the latest addition to the city and patrons are giving it a warm welcome. The decor is distinctly European and loiter friendly, both indoor and outdoor seating are available, the weather will guide you. Inside are two sizable glass cases filled to capacity with whimsically decorated cakes sold whole, cupcakes, individual tarts, cookies, eclairs and creme’ brulee’. There’s lots to choose from and everything is made in house. We had a slice of the Chocolate Creamsicle cheesecake; a deliciously creamy cheesecake with a small center of orange flavor running through it, topped off with a chocolate ganache, yum! The beverage menu is large, Kris had espresso and I an iced green tea, both hit the spot. They also serve breakfast and light lunch fare and are awaiting a liquor license, such a lovely place for a light meal or snack, definitely worth seeking out!

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Just outside Detroit, Grosse Pointe refers to a coastal area of Lake St Clair that is made up of five adjacent individual communities. Often referred to as “The Pointes”, all are lovely, studded with with magnificent homes and have a downtown area, each city has it’s own distinct feeling.

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