Toast Birmingham executive chef Christopher Gadulka prepares a seared tenderloin dish while Townhouse Bistro chef Ben Zemach makes a dish with Wisconsin ivory char during the 2016 Chef Clash at the Birmingham Farmers Market.

Toast Birmingham executive chef Christopher Gadulka prepares a seared tenderloin dish while Townhouse Bistro chef Ben Zemach makes a dish with Wisconsin ivory char during the 2016 Chef Clash at the Birmingham Farmers Market.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Birmingham Farmers Market opens May 5

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published April 22, 2019

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BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham’s unofficial kickoff to spring has arrived.

The Birmingham Farmers Market will open for its 17th season Sunday, May 5, in parking lot No. 6. Flowers, fresh produce and live entertainment will line the lot 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

“This is such a great community event that offers great produce and food, friendly vendors, upbeat music and a fun opportunity to run into friends and neighbors. We can’t wait for the market to open,” Ingrid Tighe, the executive director of Birmingham Shopping District, said in an email.

To celebrate opening day, the Birmingham Shopping District will hand out complimentary canvas farmers market bags while supplies last, along with balloons for kiddos, and there will be a free children’s activity tent. Guests who visit the information booth can enter to win Birmingham Shopping District gift certificates or tickets to see “Waitress” at the Fisher Theatre.

If you’re already booked May 5, don’t worry: The Birmingham Farmers Market will be at parking lot No. 6 every Sunday through the fall. Between now and the end of the season, visitors can look forward to special events like the annual Chef Clash June 23, the corn festival Aug. 11, the harvest festival Sept. 15, and finally the end-of-the-season celebration Oct. 27 in conjunction with the Birmingham Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Parade.

Every Sunday will still be worth the stop, though. The market proudly offers Michigan-grown produce, local artisan products and lots more in an open air setting. Though it’s still a bit early in the season to hope for much of a haul from the fields, in a couple of weeks, shoppers can count on fresh strawberries, rhubarb, parsnips, herbs, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions — you get the idea.

Birmingham Shopping District Operations and Events Manager Jaimi Brook recently completed a certification program with the Michigan Farmers Market Association to make sure Birmingham’s market continues to be among the best in the region. She’s among just over 300 people to do so since the program began in 2011.

“MIFMA’s program offered an opportunity to network with other market managers from across the state and share ideas,” Brook said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to using my training to enhance the Birmingham Farmers Market this season.”

New vendors slated to be part of this year’s lineup include Brightmoor Farms, Creative Loops Studio, Eight Plates Farm, First Bites, Jamu Juices, Motown Freedom Bakery, Nan’s Butter Factory, Pasta E Pasta and the Rochester Fudge Co.

To follow all of the happenings at the Birmingham Farmers Market throughout the season, visit birminghamfarmersmarket.org or follow the BSD on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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