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Luckily Polish American Day is at hand
 

The farmers market is entering its final month of the season.  After I typed this first sentence, my fingers lifted off the keyboard as if of their own accord.  l sat back and stared at these opening words for a long minute. “Final month” comes with a certain vocal heaviness…and the finality of it all certainly comes crashing into the now, while my thoughts flit around like minnows in a hurrying stream: ”How fast this summer … seasons changing … October skies … falling light, ever into fall …”
 
This is a season I do love for its woodsmoke, falling leaves, filtered light, long shadows,  a favorite sweatshirt and crisp cider. Yet the closing in of it all can cast its own pall and make for a mood of its own as only the deepening of fall can.  Makes me think of Edgar Allen Poe.  I bet he did his best work in fall and winter.
 
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”
 
Great stuff! It suggests I will be looking for a good book or two. And I’m not alone.  Several people over the past weeks have grabbed me by the elbow and with a mix of mirth and melancholy have said, “What am I going to do with myself on Saturdays after the market ends?”
 
What a great season It has been, and what a great season it is that continues to unfold…
 
Your market this week
 
The market steps into October in a fully festive, cultural excursion into fall that begins this Saturday, October 5th, with the 4th annual Polish American Day. We will gather around the market bell at 9 a.m. for a cultural expression praising good food and offering thanks to our local farmers for bringing freshness to Farmington. Spend the first part of the morning enjoying more than 40 local vendors, including 16 or so local farmers, foragers, fisherman and producers. Meanwhile, up on the north side of the market on the fringe of Riley Park, the People’s Pierogi Collective will be setting up with many grills and cart stoves for delicious pierogi made hot to order along with grilled sausage, piping hot sauerkraut and – new for this year – potato pancakes! Make yourself a plate and head over to the market’s Strawbale Inn for a glass of Piwo, a seasonal polish light beer made from smoked wheat and handcrafted for by the Farmington Brewing Company.   Or perhaps you’d prefer a glass of wine.
 
At 11 a.m., please welcome the one, the only, the fabulous Kielbasa Kings performing traditional polkas with a little Johnny Cash throw in for added fun!  Approaching the noon hour, the PRCUA Gwiazda Dancers will perform the first of two performances, appearing in full costume.  Established in 1960, the group boasts more than 50 dancers whose purpose is to teach and promote Polish folk traditions through song, dance and customs. From Boyne Falls to Minneapolis the group makes upwards of 30 appearances while also performing acts of goodness and charity in concert with local food banks, Veterans Hospitals, Beaumont Health and more.
 
At 1 p.m. the fabric artistry of  Alexendra Lisiecki ‘s “Recultured Designs” will be on full display  with a brief fun fashion show amongst the vendors in the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion.
Children’s activities at our Little Sprouts Corner, a Polish craft and gifts tent and special guests from the Detroit Polish Historical Society and Polish American Congress will round out what promises to be a culturally delicious day in downtown Farmington. 
 
Well, with all that I have to do and a busy Saturday on the way, here’s saying until next time and as always: “See you at the market!”
 

Walt Gajewski
Market Manager

Market Manager, Walt Gajewski    

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