I ended up at Eastern Market last Saturday (January) and had such a good time I went back today (February). Supinos' slices are still divine, especially since I can eat them outside of the crush inside the shop in our current sunny, 30s-40s weather, and I'm buying Avalon breads, local potatoes, local pork (grilling some Berkshire chops tonight), taking Rocky peanuts in the shell and pistachios home for cocktail hour etc.
Gratiot Central Market is in full swing - got a fine Delmonico to share with the husband last week (at a price around $7 for the steak instead of over $10 on the Woodward Corridor in Oakland County) and a stewing hen for stock. I think the hen had been Koshered, as the stock was both intense and a bit salty, but it was delicious and needed no additional seasoning. I'll be back.
Today I also bought The Brinery sauerkraut to go with the pork. I tasted it - it was fresh and tangy - and I'll see how we like it baked in Julia Child's "choucroute garni" with an onion, apple, chicken broth from the stewing hen etc. Next time I'm going to one of the halal butchers for lamb (a coworker swears by their "pick what you want and they cut it as you like" lamb).
Anyone else have wintertime favorites or suggestions? The market is a lot smaller right now in two indoor sheds, but you can totally find bargains on commercial produce or local stuff for some good eating. Anyone have a favorite local pork or other meat producer? Any halal butcher recommendations?