Birmingham Farmers Market to celebrate Harvest Festival

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 9, 2019

 Along with loads of locally grown produce, the Birmingham Farmers Market will feature lots of fall-themed fun this weekend.

Along with loads of locally grown produce, the Birmingham Farmers Market will feature lots of fall-themed fun this weekend.

Photo provided by Marianne Gamboa, Birmingham Shopping District

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BIRMINGHAM — Ah, late August and early September.

It’s a time of year when you’re not sure if you should be in shorts or a sweater, and tailgating could just as easily be on a beach as it could be in a parking lot before the big football game.

While the transition of seasons might be confusing, it’s certainly bountiful, according to Kathy Fusilier, of Fusilier Family Farm and Greenhouse in Manchester, Michigan. Right now is when you get the last of the summer produce, combined with the beginnings of the winter crops.

“When we get into August and September, we usually have a lot of stuff ready to go. It’s a good time to get produce,” she said. “Particularly at farmers markets, where you can ask the farmer when the product was picked and how it was grown and what we’ve done with it.”

With abundance in mind, the Birmingham Farmers Market will bring back its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 15. From tons of fruits and vegetables to fall-themed floral arrangements, décor, pumpkins and gourds, there will be a little bit extra of everything at the popular event.

“We always pack a little heavier for the festivals,” Fusilier said. “There’s usually some extra foot traffic. If I usually bring 10 bushels of something, I’ll bring 14 this Sunday, for instance.”

The Harvest Festival is typically a big draw for families in the area, according to Jaimi Brook, the operations and events manager for the Birmingham Shopping District, which hosts the market each week.

Along with the usual attractions like food trucks, food artisans and Michigan produce, there will be some special family-friendly activities to enjoy.

Kids can visit with barn animals on-site from the Bowers School Farm, climb on hay bales — heads up, Instagramers — and boogie to music from 104.3 FM WOMC Detroit.

“The Harvest Fest is a great day to bring your family out to the Birmingham Farmers Market,” Brook said in an email. “There’s something for everyone — a great selection of Michigan produce, animals to pet, straw bales to climb and 60 vendors to visit.”

There’s no cost to enter the Birmingham Farmers Market, and updates on market happenings can be found at allinbirmingham.com/farmersmarket and on the Birmingham Shopping District’s social media pages, @BhamShopping. Questions can be directed to the BSD at (248) 530-1200.

The Birmingham Farmers Market is located at 660 N. Old Woodward Ave., across from Booth Park, in downtown Birmingham.

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