The 29th annual Farmington Farmers Market returns May 7 with a calendar of events that promises a healthful, entertaining and informative new season every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 29 (and maybe beyond). Check the website for more details as the season goes on. For now, here are the highlights:
May 7, Opening Day
We open our 29th season with much fanfare starting at 9 a.m. on the bricks south of the Sundquist Pavilion. A color guard from American Legion Walker Groves Post of Farmington and the drum line from Farmington High School will get us off to a rousing start. Next the National Anthem will be sung by Chris Ayotte, afternoon drive-time host for WMUZ 103.5FM The Light. Emcee Paul Gross, WDIV Local 4 meteorologist, will then introduce the guests: Farmington Mayor Pro-tem Joe LaRussa; Kim Guesman, chief nursing assistant from Beaumont Health; Amanda Shreve, executive director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association, and Noelle Nachreiner, executive director of the Michigan Ag Council. Finally the market bell will be rung to officially open the season.
Join us for a Health & Wellness Expo that will feature a wide variety of specialists and health professionals, as well as cooking demonstrations, massage, health care and fitness programs such as yoga, dance, and cross-training. The Expo is presented by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Committee.
National Children’s Day features the return of the Hanabi Ensemble, a young people’s musical group performing on marimbas; a special cooking demonstration aimed at kids, and the first POP! Club meeting.
Strawberry Shortcake Day (weather permitting)
All-American Market: Nature Discoveries from Oakland County Parks
Founders Festival – The Market moves to the Farmington High School parking lot
Our Fit as a Fiddle Health Fair returns after a two-year absence thanks to covid. Sponsored by Beaumont, this event is designed to be a fun and engaging way to connect with healthful resources in the fresh air during the Market. “We’ve been working towards a platform of fitness, wellness and nutrition,” said market manager Walt Gajewski. “This event does all of that.” In addition to providing direct access to locally grown fruits and vegetables, Fit as Fiddle activities will include a cooking demonstration, Walk with a Doc led by Dr. Joseph William of Farmington’s Williams Family and Sports Medical Center, a casual 5k run led by Farmington’s running Mayor, Sara Bowman, and a variety of other healthful resources.
Providing the soundtrack for Fit as a Fiddle will be the electric violin playing of Wildwood with stirring interpretations of classic songs from screen, stage and pop charts covering the 1940s to current hits. “It’s small town,” said Gajewski. “We do things a little different here. This is one way of many ways we engage and especially foster community.”
The Reptarium of Utica brings special guests to the Market for all ages to get up close and personal with.
Farmers Market Week, POP! Club, annual Elks Corn Roast, Little Princess Ballet
Join us for Calder Dairy Day, celebrating the legacy of Michigan’s best dairy farm and a Market sponsor. Farm animals, ice cream and more await.
Senior Health Day. This year the Farmington Farmers Market was invited to join the Healthy Oakland Partnership (HOP), whose aim is to promote opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity by collaborating with local community stakeholders and caretakers.
Powered by the likes of Beaumont, Henry Ford Health, Humana, the Oakland County Health Department, MSU Oakland County and more, HOP will be partnering with the Market to host our first Senior Health Awareness Day. While supplies last, ALL seniors 60 and older will receive a FREE $5 voucher to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our Michigan farmers. More details to come!
Share the Harvest. We’ve done this the last couple of years – farmers and vendors donate food and dry goods to C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills, which then distributes them to area families in need. This year we’re encouraging shoppers to join us by contributing non-perishable food items, including those purchased at the Market. It’s a win-win for everyone.
The Haunted Market, featuring Detroit Tap Repertory performing in costume; farmers and vendors dressed for the holiday, and POP! Club’s Shoeboxes of Doom.