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Shine on, Harvest Moon

Autumn officially arrives September 23, but at the Farmington Farmers Market, we'll be feeling like fall this Saturday, September 21. It will be our annual Market of the Harvest Moon, a day to acknowledge the arrival of fall even if it still feels like summer. Look for fall produce to start moving to center stage: brussel sprouts, cabbage and squashes. And if pumpkins haven't arrived by Saturday, you know they will be here soon. We also celebrate the family with a day of special activities, including a bounce house, face painter, pancake breakfast and a visit from the Detroit Parade Co. Big Heads.

pol-dancers.jpgLooking ahead, we still have a blockbuster market waiting in the wings. It's our fourth annual Polish American Day on October 5. Among the highlights: homemade pierogi, Polish sausage, potato pancakes and sauerkraut; authentic Polish baked goods from Detroit’s Chene Modern Bakery; music by the Kielbasa Kings with the PRCUA Gwiazda Dancers (at left), and piwo, a seasonal Polish beer, at the market’s Strawbale Inn.

And, before you know it, we will be packing up our tents for the last time after the Haunted Market, our last Saturday, on October 26. A summer gone by just like that? Now, that's scary!


LOCATION: The Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park, Grand River at Grove St.
HOURS: 9am-2pm Saturdays from May 18-Oct. 26
WHERE TO PARK More parking is available at the Village Commons Mall

POP! Club goes Italian

For our September meeting, the POP! Club took its cue from the market's Italian-American Day. We offered tastings of tiny currant tomatoes (yum!) and a sliver of fresh sweet basil (for most tasters, not so yum) and a hands-on activity of making zucchini noodles, or zoodles, with a spiralizer.

Our scavenger hunt sent Popsters off to find Farmer Matt wearing his big straw hat and tell him a joke or two or 89. And finally there was the ever popular art table, this time featuring stamping with corn and eggplants. For photos from this club get-together, click here.

Don't forget our special Haunted Market POP! meeting on October 26. It will be spooooooky!!


Sept. 21: Market of the Harvest Moon, Family Day
Sept. 28: Healthy cooking from Fresh Thyme
Oct. 5: Polish-American Day with the Kielbasa Kings and the Strawbale Inn
Oct. 12: Music by Bob Skon
Oct. 19: Vendor Appreciation Day
Oct. 26: The Haunted Market