Farmers Market Corn Roast comes to town

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published August 13, 2015

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FARMINGTON — You probably should have an empty stomach if you’re in Farmington Saturday, Aug. 15.

That’s the day of the ninth annual Farmington Farmers Market Elks Corn Roast, where sweet corn is on tap for $1 an ear.

“Summer is still here, and we got a few weeks left,” Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market Manager Walt Gajewski said recently. “This is another way to help celebrate it; so let’s enjoy.”

With enough corn to feed a crowd of 800 or so, the event kicks off with a 9 a.m. opening that day with fresh roasted corn from the grill being served at 9:30 a.m. until market close at 2 p.m. The corn will be served with melted butter and seasonings.

The roast will take place in Riley Park, 33113 Grand River Ave., on the north side of the market along with live music by Larry Arbour.

“With corn being on the marquee, everybody agrees on one thing: when Michigan corn is in season it is time to come to market,” Gajewski said.

The corn roast is open to all and hosted by the Farmington Elks Lodge #1986, the market’s Fusilier Family Farm, and the Goetz Family Farm along with the Friends of the Market volunteers.

The annual harvest tradition helps raise funds for charity with local farmers donating Michigan sweet corn, while volunteers from the local Farmington Elks shuck, roast and serve from charcoal-fed roasters, according to a press release.

Named the Buck-an-ear corn roast, the event inspired a pirate theme.

“You may see somebody with an eyepatch or pirate hat — maybe brandishing some sword,” Gajewski said. “You never know. We like to make it fun, all for the community.”

Other event features include a children’s area.

“We look forward to this day every year,” Steve Goetz of the Goetz Family Farm said in the press release. “There’s a real sense of community at the market. My family has been coming to Farmington for over 10 years now and we are happy to give back and lend a hand to a local cause.”

The annual market corn roast also kicks off tickets sales for downtown Farmington’s annual celebration of the fall, “Harvest Moon,” coming Sept 17- Sept 19.

New this year to the event is the Greater Farmington Energy Prize featuring a challenge and reward for residents of Farmington and Farmington Hills.

“We’re really getting the word out making sure the Greater Farmington Area $5 Million Energy Prize Challenge becomes a household name by the end of the summer” said spokesperson Lydia Macklin-Camel in a press release.

Free ears of corn are offered to the first 250 people that bring in their DTE and or Consumers Energy bills to enter into the Energy Bill Buster Drawing for a chance at even more prizes, awarded monthly. Bring your hard copies or show your bill on the DTE Insight App. 

“This is a fun way to make your home energy use really count and enjoy an ear of farm fresh Michigan roasted sweet corn on us,” she added.

 The greater Farmington area is now a semifinalist — with 49 other communities — in a national energy efficiency competition.

The winning community that successfully reduces energy consumption will win $5 million.

The Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market is open Tuesdays from 2 -6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information call (248) 971-5882 or visit www.farmingtonfarmersmarket .com.

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