For the sixth straight year, the Farmington Farmers Market has been voted the Best Farmers Market in Metro Detroit in the WDIV-TV Vote for the Best contest.
“Every one of the past six years has been special in its own way,” said Market Manager Walt Gajewski, “and 2022 is no exception.”
Gajewski had a feeling the competition would be stiffer this year for a good reason: “More people are discovering or rediscovering local farmers markets across the area.” Among the reasons he cited were high gas prices and food prices. But mainly it was all about nutrition.
“Going to a local market where the food comes from, on average, 90 minutes or so away is a testimonial to fresh-picked food,” he said. “That means full flavor and 100% nutritional value.
“Plus, and this is maybe the best of all in these times, food bought at local markets and farm stands lasts longer!”
Voting in nearly 170 categories, including best pizza, golf course, wedding DJ, plumber and farmers market, began at 11 a.m. July 15 and ended at 11 p.m. July 24.
Gajewski gives credit for the market’s win to a team of supporters.
“I’m proud for our vendors, volunteers, supporting sponsors and community leaders who can all take a bow for the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market being the best there is,” he said.
For the sixth straight year.
Famous artwork at the Market
Have you noticed during your Market visits the ornately framed painting hanging on the west side the Sundquist Pavilion? It’s entitled “Mosquito Nets,” and was painted by renowned American painter John Singer Sargent in 1908.
The painting, which is described as “a beautiful example of Sargent’s ability to translate a momentary impression into a masterful composition,” is one of several famous paintings belonging to the Detroit Institute of Arts that are literally hanging around Farmington this summer. It’s part of the DIA’s InsideIOut program, which is now in its 13th year.
Inside|Out brings high-quality reproductions of the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit to increase engagement between the museum and its diverse audience. There’s a Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait hanging outside the entrance to KickstART Gallery on Grand River and several others in the city.
The Hawk in Farmington Hills – the former Farmington Harrison High School – has its own collection of five pieces.
Other communities in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties are also part of the program.
Below are maps of the artworks’ locations in Farmington and at the Hawk. For more information on the program, click here. The artwork will be up through November.