Extended Farmers Market season opens with Sunday Flower Day

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published May 18, 2016

CLAWSON — Although the weather may not have necessarily felt like spring during weekends past, that will all change Sunday when the city of Clawson welcomes the Farmers Market 2016 Flower Day.

The annual event, sponsored by the Clawson Chamber of Commerce and the Clawson Farmers Market, will bring picked, potted and perfectly propped plants and flowers to City Park 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 22.

“We have several vendors coming with flowers,” said Clawson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Sames. “We also have some great food vendors, bakeries and breads.”

Sames said the flower selection is impressive on this busy day and, due to popular request, this year’s event will feature bedding flowers and plants along with the usual potted and hanging baskets offered in prior years.

Along with a variety of treats and beverages, the Kona Ice truck will be in the park for all the kids yearning for their shaved ice concoctions. Musician Maggie McCabe will also perform.

This is the first year the flower day will serve as a kickoff to the Clawson Farmers Market season, rather than just a preview of what is to come at a later date.

“We’re doing a longer season this year,” Sames said. “Usually we never started until the Sunday after the Fourth of July. This year we’re going to stay open.”

Sames said vendors have been requesting a longer farmers market season for a while.

“We have great entertainment lined up for the season too,” Sames said. “And a lot of new vendors this year, I think because of the longer season.”

For 2016, the market will operate from May 22 through Sept. 18, with the exception of holiday weekends. The market will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays at Clawson City Park.

Sames said additions this year include a vegan bakery — Bake Love Vegan — and many new specialty vendors like Simply Fun Products.

“I’m excited about being a part of the hometown feel of Clawson’s farmers market and be among the multitude of vendors,” said Megan Mitchell, owner and chief creative officer of Simply Fun Products. “My products hold a wide appeal to men, women and children, as I make unique jewelry and customized home goods and decor.”

Mitchell said her handmade creations show the fun and whimsical side to life, and she invites all attendees to stop and smell the resin and roses.

Regulars like Blake Farms and DeMeulenaere Farms will again be bringing their selection of dairy, eggs and in-season fruits, herbs, extracts and vegetables. Some favorites from years past included the beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, eggs, fennel, green beans, leeks, mushrooms, onions, peaches, rhubarb and tomatoes.
Opportunities to learn more about community resources and organizations is another specialty that sets the neighborhood market apart. Groups like Clawson Youth Assistance, Families Against Narcotics and Acting Out Kids Community Theatre will be at the market weekly.

The market also will retain its weekly themes that offer musicians, inflatables, a nature program, a public safety truck rally, alpacas, cooking, a backpack fundraiser and a chili cookoff to close out the season Sept. 18.

For a full schedule of market events and vendors, visit the farmers market tab at www.cityofclawson.com.