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And then there were three

It's remarkable how fast things change, how quickly time passes, how what once seemed like a permanent feature suddenly shows signs of ending. We're talking about the Farmers Market, of course.That Saturday way back in mid-May when this 26th season began was almost as cold and gray as some of these recent fall days. But instead of denoting an end, the chill of spring signaled so much to come. These are precious days at the market because you feel that they signify an end, not a beginning. So don't waste a minute in getting down to Riley Park before our farmers and artisans and vendors and volunteers are gone till next year.

This Saturday, in addition to the freshly harvested produce that has taken on a distinct feel of autumn, you'll find master gardeners to answer your questions about how to clean up the garden and what to look forward to planting next year. The Farmington Community Library will be doing its last shift at the Little Sprouts tent. And don't forget to fill out a free raffle slip for our wonderful weekly market basket, filled to the brim with donations from farmers, artisans and vendors alike.

Stillt to come: Our Haunted Market on October 26. Yes, it will be our last one of the summer, but we'll so much fun we'll hardly realize the season has ended. Besides, we'll be back before you know it. See you at the market!

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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 haunted-POP-logo-(2).jpgeggplants. 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!!

UPCOMING MARKETS


Oct. 12: Music by Bob Skon

Oct. 19: Vendor Appreciation Day

Oct. 26: The Haunted Market with cooking demo by Chef Dreadful Dan Maier, and the Parade Company's Big Heads



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