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One thing our family loves is Farmers Markets. Since moving to the Grand Rapids area, we have made it our goal to seek out a new Farmers Market each weekend. Recently, we decided to explore Grand Rapids and check out the Rockford, MI Famers Market.
**Excuse the horrid looks on the boys faces. They were looking at a huge dog and I caught Jack mid-blink.
Tucked into the heart of downtown Farmers Market, this market offers a dog-friendly market to explore.
We saw families and others all out with their dogs. Everyone was very friendly and they all offered to let our kids come and pet their pooches. The Rockford market was “voted “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” in a 2011 nationwide popularity contest sponsored by the American Farmland Trust. The other 1,700 entrants in the contest didn’t have a chance! Why? They were competing against a farm market that is a poster child for everything “Pure Michigan” and “Pure Rockford”. ”
We went with pretty high expectations and were a bit disappointed. It is a really neat Farmer’s Market, but it truly doesn’t offer anything unusual. Since it was voted #1, we assumed we’d find something different. That being said, it is still worth a drive to go check it out. The vendors are friendly and the area is easy to walk through with kids. In fact, it is a great size for little toddlers, just learning to walk. When you are done shopping, you can explore the city of Rockford. It is SI quaint and boasts a variety of local shops and eateries. We thought the Corner Bar looked like a great place for a family to enjoy. Our kids want to go back so we can try it out! My husband and I would like to try Reds on the River for a date night. We saw many shops, parks and even a place to rent kayaks! You could definitely schedule a full weekend just to explore the Rockford area.
At the farmer’s market, we picked up a salsa kit from one of the vendors.
We also got everything we needed for an outdoor dinner; corn on the cob, fresh berries and more. After getting home, I made the salsa using the salsa kit, the kids shucked the corn, my hubby fired up the grill and I used the berries to make a berry pie. That night we ate outside and enjoyed all the goodies.
If you decide to visit Rockford, MI, please comment below with any cool places you found or anyplace you think we need to go explore!
Unless otherwise stated, no compensation of any form was provided for my Explore Grand Rapids blog posts. I am a blogger living in the Grand Rapids area and am just exploring with my family. This series is designed to help others get out and explore grand rapids! All opinions are always my own.Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen