Birmingham Farmers Market opens Sunday for 13th season

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published April 28, 2015

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BIRMINGHAM — It’s that time of year again, when home-cooked meals start to taste a little fresher, flower vases get a bit brighter, and grocery dollars shift from major markets to local farmers, artisans and food purveyors.

On May 3, the Birmingham Farmers Market will be back in Public Lot 6, on North Old Woodward Avenue, to kick off another season of open-air local shopping. It won’t be long before the market, which will be open Sundays through mid-October, is brimming with fresh produce, potted and fresh flowers, locally made baked goods, and other prepared food, spices, eggs, fresh meat, soaps and so much more.

Now in its 13th year, the market — hosted by the Birmingham Principal Shopping District — is expected to have more than 70 booths throughout the season for visitors to peruse. Children’s activities, live music and food vendors will be back, as well, to complement the experience, turning the market into a weekend gathering place for the whole community.

“May is an exciting time for us at the Birmingham Farmers Market as we welcome back our loyal patrons for another season,” said John Heiney, executive director of the PSD, in an email. “Many of our favorite farmers and vendors are returning this year, along with new ones that will add to the variety and selection.”

Joining the usual favorites at the market this year for the first time will be Bird Creek Farms, a certified organic farm in Port Austin that promotes biodiversity and land regeneration.

Already, the PSD has a number of special events planned for the 2015 season, including Strawberry Sunday on June 28, the Corn Festival on Aug. 9, the Harvest Festival on Sept. 13 and the annual End of Season Celebration slated for Oct. 18, which is usually held in conjunction with the Birmingham Pumpkin Patch and Halloween parade.

“The 2015 market season will be the best ever,” Lori Rondello, Birmingham Farmers Market manager, said in a prepared statement. “We strive to maintain the warm community atmosphere so many have come to enjoy each and every Sunday.”

The first 100 visitors to the market this Sunday will receive a free T-shirt.

The Birmingham Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday from May 3-Oct. 18. For more information, visit www.birminghamfarmersmarket.org or call (248) 530-1200.

People can also get market updates by liking the Birmingham Farmers Market Facebook page, or by following it on Twitter at @BhamFarmMkt and on Instagram @BhamFarmMkt.

Heading to the Birmingham Farmers Market this Sunday? Share your opening day photos with us at Facebook.com/BirminghamBloomfieldEagle and on Twitter @BBEagleNews.

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