By Walt Gajewski
May 7, 2022
The necessary resources for planning, staging, operating, maintaining and administering the Farmington Farmers Market requires significant financial contributions. Yes, contributions. It’s important to note that the market receives zero tax dollars for it's operation, which means that sponsorships are valued, appreciated and put to good use.
The Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market is appreciative and fortunate to have upwards of 12 sponsors whom we roundly consider as fellow "community caretakers.” In short, if not sponsorship, the Market here would be much less than it is today. In fact, without sponsors, it’s possible to muse that there would not be a market in Downtown Farmington at all!
We don’t spend much time thinking about dire prospects, as strong sponsor support has been a hallmark of the Market for the past 10 years. During this time we have blossomed. Together with our sponsors, we are partners who become caretakers and stakeholders. Sponsorship clearly demonstrates awareness and support for what the community cares about. Sponsorship also provides for joining forces to reach a common goal of promoting Downtown Farmington as a destination of choice.
We think we are putting our sponsor support to good use and demonstrating the powerful attraction of community real time by being selected as metro Detroit's BEST farmers market for the past five years — 2017 to 2021! And with the help and support of our new sponsors, we look forward to a banner year ahead as we topped the attendance mark of 100,000 in annual attendance for the first time ever in 2021, a number that quite frankly did not seem possible — ever.
Being essential during the pandemic, operating with care and safety, providing direct access to fresh, locally grown Michigan farm produce has helped make a big difference for many thousands as we strive toward a balanced platform of fitness, wellness and nutrition. And we try to make it fun, festive and vibrant when we say, “Come to Market — for the health of it!”
It is with great pleasure, pride and an honor, therefore, to welcome three new sponsors to our roundtable of community caretakers: