Birmingham Farmers Market kicks off new season Sunday

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published April 25, 2016


BIRMINGHAM — Despite heavy construction that’s been going on in Public Parking Lot 6 this month, leaders from the Birmingham Shopping District promised that the annual farmers market would open as scheduled May 1.

They kept their promise.

The 14th season of the Birmingham Farmers Market kicks off this Sunday at 9 a.m. with lots of fresh flowers, prepared foods and other goodies for shoppers to enjoy.

“We’re very excited about the beginning of our 14th season,” said John Heiney, executive director of the BSD. “We’ve got some great new vendors, and some of our old favorites are coming back as well.”

East River Organics and Bird Creek Farms, two of the market’s well-known organic farmers, will be back in action this year as spring heats up with fresh, locally grown produce when it becomes available. By mid to late May, visitors can expect to find lettuce, kale, rhubarb, asparagus, white onions and sugar peas.

Until the ground thaws and veggies start to sprout, shoppers can enjoy artisan-prepared foods and beautiful flowers at the weekly outdoor market. At its height, more than 70 vendors are slated to appear.

Almond R Nuts — a new nut vendor boasting cinnamon roasted almonds, pecans and cashews — will make its first appearance at the market this year. Birmingham resident Jim Leonard is a first-timer too, selling his handmade wooden cutting boards and kitchen accessories.

Commonweatlth Café will also be at the market this year, heading just down the street from its Hamilton Row storefront to sell iced coffee to visitors.

“We thought it was a great way to make better connections to the community and build better recognition in town,” said Houston Robertson, director of sales for Commonwealth. “If we can get more people into our doors and introduce our product to the masses, that’s great. And it gets me away from the shop one day a week.”

As the season goes on, market visitors can look forward to a new schedule of special events. They’ll start June 26 with the Chef Clash, a head-to-head live cooking competition featuring some of Birmingham’s top chefs. As usual, the market will host the Corn Festival, the Market Festival and the end-of-season celebration in October, which ties in the Birmingham Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Parade.

“Also new this year, we’re excited to introduce an all-new logo and colorful new look as we kick off the 14th season of the market,” Heiney added in a prepared statement. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the community back as we celebrate opening day on May 1.”

The Birmingham Farmers Market is held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through late October in Municipal Parking Lot 6, located on the east side of North Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham.

For more information, visit or find the market on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BhamFarmMkt.

Market on the Green, the village of Franklin’s farmers market, also opens May 1. Visit the market on the Village Green, located just off Franklin Road, between 13 Mile and 14 Mile in downtown Franklin. Visit 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call the village offices at (248) 626-9666.