Birmingham Farmers Market opens for season

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 9, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The popular Birmingham Farmers Market not only opened this past weekend, it celebrated its 15th birthday.

The market, which will be open through October, returned Sunday to Municipal Parking Lot 6, on North Old Woodward. The 9 a.m.-2 p.m. market has plenty of old favorites and some new vendors who will make appearances every week throughout the summer and fall.

This season will be the first under the leadership of Ingrid Tighe, the new executive director of the Birmingham Shopping District, which hosts the farmers market. Tighe said she’s been shopping at the market for years.

“I’m a resident, so I’ve been a patron for a long time. Now I’m just lucky to be in this position on the other side executing this great event,” she said.

Each week, the market offers loads of fresh produce and prepared artisan foods, along with live music, children’s activities and numerous special events throughout the season. That includes the famous Chef Clash, a live head-to-head battle of Birmingham’s finest chefs, which is slated to take place June 25.

Along with a long list of new faces at the market — including vendors like The Cheese People of Grand Rapids, White Pine Coffee, Lavender Lane, Motor City Pops, Skinny Sweets Detroit and plenty of others — visitors can expect other surprises this season at the market. That’s because BSD member Ellen Yerks recently earned a certification from the Michigan Farmers Market Association Market Manager program, and she’s looking forward to applying what she’s learned to the scene at Parking Lot 6.

“The program offered in-depth training to help students become successful market managers,” Yerks said in a prepared statement.

She noted that in just a few weeks, shoppers will be able to pick up Michigan-grown lettuce, rhubarb, asparagus, white onions and sugar peas at the market. Of course, potted plants, hanging baskets and flats of flowers will be blooming at booths too.

Add that to fresh eggs, honey, jams, meats, baked goods, soaps, dog treats and other goodies, and you’ve got 70 vendors rotating at the market throughout the year.

For up-to-date information about the market, find the Birmingham Farmers Market on Facebook and on Twitter @Bham FarmMkt.

You can also learn more at BirminghamFarmersMarket.org or by calling the Birmingham Shopping District at (248) 530-1200.