Farmers Markets

Published September 28, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It took some time, but the new home of the historic Hill School bell has been funded, designed and built.

And this Saturday, the structure will be celebrated at a dedication with some help from the Birmingham Museum, city officials and plenty of supporters.

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Published September 14, 2016

ROCHESTER — This fall, the Rochester Downtown Development Authority is giving the public a chance to eat, drink and be merry dining al fresco on locally sourced cuisine.

“We have a great restaurant culture here — especially when you add our farmers market into it — and we just thought doing something like a Farm-to-Table Dinner might be the best of both worlds and really promote Rochester as a food destination, because we have a lot of foodies that live out here,” DDA Executive Director Kristi Trevarrow said.

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Published September 13, 2016

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.

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Published July 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Diners who enjoy the ingredients and baked goods they can find at Marais restaurant, at 17051 Kercheval Ave. in the Village, will soon be able to buy some of those items to make their own meals at home.

The restaurant will be putting up a 10-by-20-foot royal blue tent on its St. Clair Street side on weekends to create a small farmers market with produce and prepared foods from some of Marais’ vendors. 

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Published July 6, 2016

ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester is booming, but how can city officials make sure it stays that way?

Community officials, leaders, businesses and residents recently came together to share ideas on how to do just that during a Downtown Visioning Session at the Royal Park Hotel in April.

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Published June 22, 2016

WARREN — Chef Chuck Sansone has enjoyed cooking since he was 14. Last year, his life changed dramatically when the vehicle he was driving was hit from behind by a van traveling 50 mph.

The crash shattered his T-11 vertebrae and left him unable to walk, at least for now.

But that hasn’t stopped him from working as a chef and sharing his love of cooking with others.

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Published June 15, 2016

ROCHESTER — Thursdays in June are once again bustling in downtown Rochester.

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority is hosting its second annual Mini Market Thursdays event, giving the public another chance to support local farmers, crafters and businesses this summer.

DDA Events Coordinator Stephanie Hellebuyck said the event was created last year in an effort to raise awareness about Lions Park and also to draw more people downtown during the parking platform construction.

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Published June 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Those looking for fresh produce at low prices can look forward to the grand opening of the Hazel Park Growers and Makers Market this Sunday, June 19.

The market, located in Green Acres Park behind the Recreation Center at Woodward Heights and Lennox, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday from June 19 through Sept. 9, taking a break Aug. 28 for the Hazel Park Art Fair.

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN — Warren’s weekly Farmers Market will open for the season at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, with a flurry of events to follow that day and throughout the summer. 

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Published May 18, 2016

CLAWSON — Although the weather may not have necessarily felt like spring during weekends past, that will all change Sunday when the city of Clawson welcomes the Farmers Market 2016 Flower Day.

The annual event, sponsored by the Clawson Chamber of Commerce and the Clawson Farmers Market, will bring picked, potted and perfectly propped plants and flowers to City Park 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 22.

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Published May 17, 2016

FARMINGTON — The organizers of the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market hope you have a fresh time during the market’s 23rd season, which kicked off May 14.  

“It is a unique lighthouse for public gatherings,” Walt Gajewski, market manager, said recently. “We bring an experiential element to providing fresh produce in that we have cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, workshops (and) special events.”

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Published May 13, 2016

The time will soon be ripe for Sterling Heights’ second annual Dodge Park Farmers Market to set up shop in the city.

According to city officials, the market will open June 2 this year and will run 3-8 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 29, not including the Thursday of the Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair, July 28.

In the past, officials have explained the concept of the farmers market as a place to buy products and produce, and as a community gathering destination. Veggies, fruits, other foods and products will be available for purchase.

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Published May 10, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The eighth annual Shelby Farmers Market will roll back into town Saturday, May 14, at the Packard Proving Grounds. The market is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through October, rain or shine.

This year, the popular Amish booth will expand to three booths, and a new chef will serve up samples of items available at the market and hand out recipes.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — The 17th season of the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market comes to town May 7, bringing fresh Michigan fruits, plants and vegetables to the corner of East Third and Water Street.

The outdoor market will continue from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29.

Downtown Development Authority Marketing Coordinator Kelly McMahon said the market is a place for the community to shop for fresh, locally grown foods and spend time with friends and family.

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Published April 25, 2016

WATERFORD — It’s always market season out at the Oakland County Market.

While the nearly 100-year-old farmers market is open year-round, things really ramp up during the spring and summer, when fresh flowers and locally grown produce pack the stalls.

Starting next weekend, the market will return to its warm-weather hours, open 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through December.

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Published April 25, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Despite heavy construction that’s been going on in Public Parking Lot 6 this month, leaders from the Birmingham Shopping District promised that the annual farmers market would open as scheduled May 1.

They kept their promise.

The 14th season of the Birmingham Farmers Market kicks off this Sunday at 9 a.m. with lots of fresh flowers, prepared foods and other goodies for shoppers to enjoy.

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Published November 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The growth and requests to use the city’s farmers market prompted officials at their regular commission meeting last month to discuss the purpose of the destination.

The topic was listed as a discussion item during the commission’s Oct. 26 meeting, following the commission’s Aug. 17 denial to host an Octoberfest event in the market’s parking lot.

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Published October 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Organic farmer Don Cinzori has traveled to the Farmers Market on Saturdays from March through December for nearly 20 years.

Royal Oak is the only market Cinzori travels to from his 300-acre southwest Michigan farm because popular specialty markets like the national grocer Whole Foods purchase his certified organically grown goods directly.

So, why do it?

“The location is fantastic,” Cinzori said. “It’s a beautiful building, great parking and we have really the most loyal customers.”

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Published September 23, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the turnout in its inaugural year exceeding organizers’ expectations, plans are already in place to continue the St. Clair Shores Farmers Market in 2016.


“The turnout has been phenomenal and has way exceeded our expectations,” said market founder Susan Bunte, of St. Clair Shores.


About 5,000 shoppers turned out for the first market at the end of July, and nearly 4,000 people came to the August market, she said.

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Published August 13, 2015

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.”

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