Clawson Farmers Market to ring in spring

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published May 15, 2018

 Rosemary Hinkle, of Sterling Heights, patronizes a past Clawson Farmers Market. This year’s season kicks off with Flower Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clawson City Park.

Rosemary Hinkle, of Sterling Heights, patronizes a past Clawson Farmers Market. This year’s season kicks off with Flower Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clawson City Park.

File photo by Deb Jacques

CLAWSON — The Clawson Farmers Market will return to the Clawson City Park parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 and feature its long-standing Flower Day tradition.

Along with the regular vendors offering fresh produce, baked goods, honey, crafts, chiropractic services and more, the market will offer a host of flowers, plants and herbs.

The market will continue its season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday — including holidays — through Sept. 23.

“The first market of the year is Flower Day, and it’s probably our biggest market of the year, both vendorwise and participants,” said event co-organizer Penny Luebs. “Everybody is ready for fresh vegetables and fruit, and the flower guys are out there.”

She said that Demeulenaere Farms, of Romeo, and Blake’s, of Armada, will return for the season with fresh fruits, veggies and treats.

A new feature at the Clawson Farmers Market, Luebs said, is the addition of free coffee.

“We have a musician to play,” she said. “It’s a nice, relaxing atmosphere. You can shop and the kids can play at the playscape at the park. There’s free parking and restrooms close by.”

In the future, Luebs said, the Clawson Farmers Market will bring in inflatables for children, a Detroit Institute of Arts trailer museum and a car show in August.

“It’s small, but that’s part of its charm,” she said. “We have our regular patrons who know what they want, who come in and out quickly, and others who stroll along and walk their dogs and, if they happen to see something they like, buy it.”

Luebs said that the Clawson Farmers Market began while she was mayor of the city. She said that a resident kept saying the city needed a farmers market, so she and Mary Sames, of the Clawson Chamber of Commerce, made it a reality.

Sames, now the executive director of the chamber, said that this is the 12th annual farmers market.

“For Flower Day, we have vendors that come with basket flowers, seedlings, herbs and plants, so there’s a good variety,” Sames said.

New vendors this year, she said, include a produce vendor who specializes in organic vegetables and plants, two new bakers, and a woman who crochets garlands.

“We have activities for kids each week. We have entertainment each week, so it’s a fun, family event,” Sames said. “City Park is a pet-friendly park and we welcome (people to bring their dogs). A lot of vendors have water stations and treat stations for the pets.”

Sames encouraged those who have never been to the Clawson Farmers Market to visit.

“It’s a little hidden jewel, and people that come, come back,” she said. “It’s a family-friendly outing, and there’s something for everybody.”

Clawson City Park is located at 935 N. Custer Ave., near West Maple Road and North Main Street.

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page or call the Clawson Chamber of Commerce at (248) 435-6500.