Birmingham to get in the harvest spirit Sunday at farmers market

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 13, 2016

 The annual Harvest Festival at the Birmingham Farmers Market takes place this weekend with loads of local vendors and family activities.

The annual Harvest Festival at the Birmingham Farmers Market takes place this weekend with loads of local vendors and family activities.

Photo provided by the Birmingham Shopping District

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BIRMINGHAM — For Kathy Fusilier, of Fusilier Family Farm and Greenhouses in Manchester, Michigan, August and September are the best months of the year.

That’s when most of her crops produce the best fruits and vegetables — and an abundance of them. And that’s true this year too, despite the hot and dry summer.

“It’s been a struggle this year. It’s been in the 90s and humid, and we haven’t had a lot of rain here,” said Fusilier. “We’re irrigating, which isn’t as good as Mother Nature’s rain, but everything’s coming in, and we’ve got tons of stuff. These are huge months for us now, and come October things will start to peter out.”

Fusilier and more than 60 other vendors will bring their goodies out to the Birmingham Farmers Market this Sunday, Sept. 18, for the annual Harvest Festival event. Kiddos can enjoy hands-on activities and get up close to some animals from the Bowers School traveling farm, while parents enjoy live entertainment, antique corn shelling and, of course, some great locally grown and made produce, and artisan food products.

“This event draws the community’s attention to the peaking Michigan produce season,” said John Heiney, executive director of Birmingham’s Principal Shopping District, in a prepared statement. “Attendees will find tables packed full with produce.”

Fusilier said she’ll have a huge haul with her for the Harvest Festival, including the first pumpkins of the season, along with Honeycrisp apples, some peaches, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, winter squash, raspberries, potatoes, beets, onions, eggplant and a ton of peppers.

Oh, and tomatoes.

“Tomatoes look great because it hasn’t rained on them,” she explained. “They don’t like to get wet. We irrigate them so they’ve gotten watered, but they haven’t gotten wet, so they’re looking really good.”

The festivities will take place during the regular Birmingham Farmers Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in municipal parking lot 6 on North Old Woodward Avenue.

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

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