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The Farmer’s Hand

1701 Trumbull St Detroit, MI 48216
  • Neighborhood: Corktown & Southwest
  • Price Level:   
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: cafe, Corktown, Market

Sunlight pours in through the big windows overlooking Trumbull Ave. at The Farmer’s Hand. A corner table in this Corktown market is a bright, cozy spot to linger, nibbling a cheesy chive scone and sipping a strong cup of coffee.

Part cafe and part boutique grocery store, with a dash of farmer’s market sprinkled in, The Farmer’s Hand is a recent addition to the neighborhood. This little specialty shop carries tons of local products that can be tough to track down unless you’re willing to drive all across town to find them individually. But where this place really shines – aside from the big, cheerful windows – is in its cafe menu.

In the mornings, you can treat yourself to some seriously good breakfast sandwiches. Since everything on the menu is locally-sourced, you know that the sunny side up eggs will be farm fresh, and sausages made by hand, and the bread will be warm, toasty and just plain incredible.

The Farmer’s Hand offers different breakfast items every day, depending on what’s locally available and what sounds good. You might get to sink your teeth into sangas, an Australian style sandwich with sausage and eggs on some of the loveliest, crusty bread you’ve ever tasted. Or maybe your sweet tooth is calling, in which case a plate of thick, fluffy french toast topped with lemongrass syrup, ricotta and pine nuts will calm that craving. The breakfast menu changes daily, but you may also find chia puddings and granola breakfast bowls, buckwheat oat and almond waffles, and other goodies on the bill of fare.

At lunchtime, the breakfast treats are replaced by an all-star lineup of lovely sandwiches, warm, comforting soups and hearty, energizing salads. On chilly fall afternoons, nothing warms us up like a cup of mermaid stew paired with a hand pie from Sister Pie or a pastry from Avalon’s bakery. This month, stop in for their Thanksgiving-inspired Dirty Bird sandwich. It’s loaded up with Michigan mesquite smoked turkey, apple and golden raisin chutney, caraway farm cheddar, Ernst Farm bacon and a house aioli.

It’s hard to have a meal here without being tempted by the smorgasbord of magazine-worthy produce and pantry items stacked throughout the little market. Glossy peppers nestle up to colorful root vegetables and firm leafy greens. You’ll find eggs, milk, cold pressed juices, and plenty of specialty items to keep your own kitchen stocked with local deliciousness. And yes, you can get the same bread they used on your sando. All of the items sold here are locally-sourced, made in Michigan by one of the Farmer’s Hand’s market partners. Just a few of their vendors include Gus and Grey, Reilly Craft Creamery, Hyperion Coffee, MadCap Coffee, Mindo Chocolates, Detroit Mushroom Factory and The Mother Loaf.


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