Mary Storum, of Birmingham, and Tesha Hankes, of Royal Oak, shop the Birmingham Farmers Market on opening day in 2017. They selected some potted plants from Jackson Farms, located in Richmond, Michigan.

Mary Storum, of Birmingham, and Tesha Hankes, of Royal Oak, shop the Birmingham Farmers Market on opening day in 2017. They selected some potted plants from Jackson Farms, located in Richmond, Michigan.

File photo by Deb Jacques


Farmers market returns to downtown Birmingham Sunday

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published April 27, 2021

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BIRMINGHAM — A lot of Birmingham’s spring traditions have been canceled for a second year amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

But one of them, the Birmingham Farmers Market, will be back this weekend with a little taste of normalcy for shoppers.

The market will be back in Public Parking Lot 6 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays beginning May 2. New vendors and old favorites will be back to sell locally grown produce, meat and dairy products, artisan baked goods, fresh foods, and more.

Last year, the market opened in a drive-thru format. Guests visited booths in their vehicles and purchased pre-packaged bunches of goods.

But not this year, according to Jaimi Brook, the Birmingham Shopping District’s operations and events manager.

“The BSD is excited to welcome the community back to a walkable market this year,” Brook said in an email. “We have a great mix of vendors. Shoppers can look forward to seeing many returning favorites, like Fusilier Family Farm, Gus and Grey Jams, Uhlianuk Farms, and newcomers like Metamora Greens, the Healthy Moose and MiJuice.”

By late spring, shoppers can expect to find fresh rhubarb, parsnips, herbs, strawberries and zucchini. As the weeks go on, visitors can find tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, beans, mushrooms, kale, sugar peas, spinach and more.

Along with food, vendors will have a wide selection of floral bouquets, hanging baskets, garden flats and plant starts for the garden.

Though the market will be open to foot traffic again this season, the BSD is keeping a close eye on the pandemic and tweaking procedures accordingly. For now, all visitors will be required to wear masks into the market and adhere to social distancing, per guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Birmingham Fire Chief Paul Wells told the Eagle earlier this spring that his department would be onsite to limit the size of crowds to make social distancing easier.

“Masks are going to be mandated. There will be signage, and because there’s really just one entrance, we should have an easier time controlling the event,” Wells said in an earlier interview. “We can keep it to 300 people, and if someone walks up without a mask, we can stop them from coming in and say, ‘Hey, sorry. You need a mask.’ I view it as outdoor shopping for essentials. Since it’s outdoors, it’s safer to me than a grocery store.”

For added safety, the children’s activity tent will not be available this year. But families can still enjoy a fun, fresh-air visit, Brook said.

“The BSD encourages everyone to shop local and visit the market this year. It’s a great place to get fresh, locally grown produce; sweet treats; flowers; and plants,” she said in an email. “We are working hard to ensure a visit to the market is a fun and safe outing for all. Please be sure to check our website for more information.”

Market updates, including lists of available produce by season, can be found on the market’s social media platforms and the BSD website, allinbirmingham.com. 

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