Start your long holiday weekend at the Farmers Market

The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market will be “open and celebrating” in downtown Farmington on July 2, with a special guest, live music, and Michigan produce and products.

“I think the market helps serve the community by being open and observing holidays like the Fourth of July,” Market Master Walt Gajewski said. “It’s just another way the city of Farmington welcomes all to experience Saturday life in a Michigan small town. Shops and stores will be open. We are a destination stop.”

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Abraham Lincoln will visit the July 2 market. (contributed photo)

The market opens at 9 a.m., followed shortly by the arrival of President Abraham Lincoln (aka Ron Carley), who will be visiting until the noon hour. Farmington’s American Legion Walker Groves Post 346 will be onsite grilling hot dogs and coneys donated by Fresh Thyme, a specialty grocer opening this August in the Downtown Farmington Center. All proceeds will go to support the American Legion and local vets.

Coordinator Art Mikkola said the American Legion is thrilled and grateful for the local support. “The farmers market and Fresh Thyme have teamed up to support our vets in a caring way while also helping us make the Fourth of July weekend special for folks who are staying local.”

Local musician Larry Arbour, also a military vet, will bring his talents to the market’s sound stage with a deep arsenal of classic rock, pop and folk covers starting at 10 am. Bright Loritos, whose mission is to foster a positive attitude towards learning foreign languages and building awareness for world cultures, will be on hand tending to the market’s Little Sprouts kids activity corner, with their signature animated parrot.

At 10:30 a.m., Oakland County’s Mobile Parks Unit will stop by with the popular “Let’s Go Golf” game, setting up in Riley Park until 12:30 p.m.

The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market is free and open to the public every Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., through November 5. Learn more at