Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Maybe it's just because she's hungry -- and face it, in times like these, you really just want to eat -- but Debbie Stabenow has just said a thing that is less dumb than just about anything a Michigan politician has said in a long time. What she said:

"Why should Eastern Market only be open on Saturday? Why not Sunday? Why not every day?"

Good questions all, Debs. Srsly -- let's think on this for a minute. There are other things, to be sure, but one of the most ready-for-primetime things in Detroit is easily the Eastern Market.

Attracting a fantastic mix of tens of thousands to Russell Street and surrounds on Saturdays -- News says up to 40,000 each go-round -- the market one of the first places you want to bring an out-of-towner, to show them just how great Detroit can be when it wants to be.

More than that, the thing about the market it is that for once, Detroit is ahead of many other cities, trend-wise. What is super and awesome and taken for-granted here is only dreamed of in too many other cities. New York has no permanent public market district, for example. It did, but it doesn't now. The amazing guys at the New Amsterdam Market are struggling to bring it back -- and we do mean struggle. It's taking them years, even with all their fancy friends in high places.

Here in Detroit, the thing is already done. What is old has become new again. So why not make one of the very best things about Detroit even bigger and better? Dan Carmody and his crew have certainly been trying -- and succeeding, if you ask us. The market looks great. (It'll keep looking better, if the money keeps flowing -- they've got some cool plans in place.) Anyway, it is great to see someone at the state level recognize the effort and do their bit to help; after all, what's good for the market is good for the state's ag biz, certainly. A biz that is more important than ever, as other economic opportunities shrivel up and blow away.

Beginning in July, the market will open on Tuesdays -- at least for a while -- but the plan is to explore Sundays as well, which would basically be like Saturdays, but with more locally-made foods and goods.