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The market's high season arrives

Folks, we have crossed the threshold into the high season of the farmers market.  It happens every year in early August, and, if last Saturday’s annual farmers market-Elks community corn roast is any indication, this is going to be an incredible back half to what’s turning out to be a very good year after a cool, wet start to the season. (The joke around the market is, “It only rained three times this spring – April, May and June!”
Under sunny blue skies and mild temps, an estimated 4,200 people came to market last week to enjoy fresh-picked Michigan sweet corn. Our farmers donated the corn, and the Farmington Elks shucked, roasted and served it to a complete sellout well before the market day was over, a first in 13 years of this event, all proceeds of which go to a local scholarship fund. Between shoppers and the corn roast, our farmers simply ran out of corn. I’ve been doing this market for many years, and I have walt.jpgnever seen this happen. By 1 p.m., all the corn brought to market was gone!  Not a single ear was left on our sawhorse tables!
Myself, I was fortunate for having decided to make this coal-roasted summer delicacy a breakfast choice (photo at left). That said, I was limited to two ears. Given the choice, I know I would have had four. So, let’s talk about feasting on corn…
Early in the season, the farmers plant every week so there will be fresh corn harvested continuously throughout August and September and well into the fall, if the frost holds back. I do believe the corn gets better as the season “matures” and we get the optimal mix of temperature and precipitation like we are seeing now. 
So what’s to know about corn besides that it’s incredibly delicious? It’s naturally gluten free.  An ear of corn holds less sugar than a banana or an apple. Most people know corn is high in fiber, but what you may not know is that the husks that hold each of the kernels is insoluble, which makes it a feeding ground for the “good bacteria” in your stomach, promoting “gut health.”  This is a very good thing and also makes you “feel fuller,” contributing to weight loss.  Nutritionally, corn is high in B vitamins along with vitamin C, manganese and potassium. Rich in antioxidants, as in beta carotene and lutein, corn combats free radicals and inflammation as a natural cancer fighter! 
What we know here as corn (an English reference to any kind of grain) is more commonly known throughout the rest of the world as maize.  Native American considered corn to be “the sacred mother, giver of life!”  

Your market this week…

Steve Taylor entertains on the “park side” starting at 10 a.m.   At 10:30 a.m., let’s welcome the 8th annual Little Princess Ballet, hosted by Mid-American Fitness of Farmington Hills. This short but charming program brings another interesting twist to the meaning of “Saturday life in a Michigan small town.” With us all day in the Little Sprouts Kids Corner will be the Farmington Glen Aquatic Club, hosting a fun craft. Michigan Master Gardeners are our special guest and will be with us the whole day through, on hand to provide answers for  those pesky lawn and garden problems that pop up with the heat and humidity August is known for. 
As you make your way through the market you will find 19 vendors this week that were not at the market last week as we strive to keep the market fresh, festive and vibrant. Take a minute to stop by the market information tent and sign up for the free weekly market basket giveaway.  One lucky winner each week trundles off with 30 to 40 pounds of produce, gourmet fare and artisan wares.

Mark Your Calendars!

We have been getting a lot of questions about our cultural celebration dates.  Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Italian American Day coming September 14th and the 4th annual Polish Day on October 5th.
Well, it’s that time to run and get ready for another busy Saturday in downtown Farmington, so until next time and as always, here’s saying, “See you at the market!”


Walt Gajewski
Market Manager

Market Manager, Walt Gajewski    

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