Drumline, bell open Farmington farmers market’s 23rd season

With a forecast that includes a chance of morning showers, the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market will kick off its 23rd season May 14.

Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market Susan Lightner and Ginny Morris
From left, Susan Lightner and Ginny Morris staff the Information Booth during the 2015 Market opener.

Lead by Alan Maxey, president of Farmington/Farmington Hills Neighborhood House, the 9 a.m. opening celebration will include introduction of sponsors Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Beaumont Hospital, and Bright House Networks, American Legion Color Guard, Farmington High School drumline and the singing of our national anthem by local talent Juliette Thomas. Miss Farmington 2015 Sydney Schrand will ring the bell to officially open the market.

Opening day entertainment begins with The Normandies, followed by Swing Farmington, which will offer free swing dance lessons and open social dancing throughout the day.

“We had a mild winter, but it lasted through April, people do want to get out and see the colors of spring and we won’t disappoint,” said Market Master Walt Gajewski. “We will have flower baskets, flats, porch pots, rows and rows of annuals and a nice variety of perennials this year, too.”

“The market adds a sense of place here,” he added. “If you think about it, this is how communities formed – coming together for food, goods, kinship and camaraderie. With our new partner Fresh Thyme joining the community later on this summer, our message is simply, ‘Come to the Market!’.”

Other opening day activities will include cooking demonstration featuring Chef Zachariah Peterlin, of Peterlin’s Restaurant, children’s activities at the Little Sprouts Activity Corner, hosted by Farmington’s Our Lady of Sorrows parish, and Werner and his whacky world of wearable balloon art. Hungry market patrons may enjoy Petey’s Donuts, made fresh on site, and American Legion hot dogs donated by Peterlin’s.

Market volunteer and armed services veteran Art Mikkolla said he never misses opening day. “I was supposed to be out of town, but I changed my plans. Opening day of the market is the place to be.”

The Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market is free and open to the public, located at the corner of Grand River and Grove St., in downtown Farmington. For more information, visit farmingtonfarmersmarket.com or call 248-971-5882.