The Farmington Farmers Market will observe Armed Services Day on May 21, with special guests that include representatives from the Yankee Air Museum.
The U.S. Navy will drop anchor at the market, staffing an information and recruiting tent. Alongside will be the museum, coming from Belleville, home of the Willow Run bomber plant operated by Ford Motor Company, which started production of the B-24 Liberator bomber in 1942. Museum Director Dave Callanan is excited for the opportunity to come to market.
“The Yankee Air Museum is honored to be part of the Farmington Farmer’s Market observance of Armed Forces Day,” he said. “As neighbors and friends, we’re excited to join the community to recognize the men and women who protect our freedom and what better way to do so than in the midst of the Farmer’s Market. Yankee Air Museum members are excited to be in attendance and will have plenty of information about the Museum and our programs. We look forward to meeting the great people of Farmington. Stop by our tent and say hello. Be among the first 50 people to drop by and we’ll have two free passes to the Yankee Air Museum for you.”
At its peak, the plant employed over 42,000 people, including Rose Will Monroe, who initially applied at Willow Run hoping to be trained as a test pilot but was rejected for being a single mom (Rosie was a widow with two children who moved to Michigan from Kentucky for work).
Undaunted, she hired in the plant instead working production assembly. In 1944, a film crew led by actor Walter Pidgeon, came to Willow Run to shot footage at the plant for films promoting the sale of war bonds and the rest is history! Rosie the Riveter drew national attention for women supporting the war effort. Actor Jimmy Stewart flew 20 combat missions as a B-24 pilot, rising to the rank of colonel after leading a 1,000 plane raid over Berlin.
Please also welcome Farmington’s American Legion Post 346. The good guys and gals from the post will be grilling hot dogs and selling poppies, helping to raise money to keep the Legion ongoing as a welcoming place for service vets to enjoy. Any vet that joins Post 346 in Farmington can enjoy a free hot dog and pop!
It all starts at 9 a.m., with a special guest appearance by Farmington’s School of Rock, which will open the market with a vocal performance of “America the Beautiful”.
Our mid-morning musical guest will be JT Acoustically, starting at 10 a.m. and featuring acoustic pop country rhythms. Mayfair Co-op Pre-school will also be on hand to march our Little Sprouts into action. Sunflower Explosion will also return to the market handing out Sunflower Sprouts that you can plant and maybe win a prize for growing the biggest sunflower in town!
The forecast says Farmington can expect to enjoy warm temps and any rain will fall to our south. With a full complement of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable plants, porch pots, baskets and more, the market is the perfect place to greet a spring Saturday while shopping for your yard garden and pantry.
Located at Grand River and Grove Street in downtown Farmington, the farmers market is open every Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., from May to November. Come experience Saturday life in a Michigan small town.
–Walt Gajewski, Market Master