Farmers Markets

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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Published July 17, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Farmers Market has been canceled for the rest of the year due to issues getting vendors.

Amanda Hughes, recreation office assistant with the Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe, RARE, said the farmers market was originally scheduled to resume July 11 after two weeks off — but the market’s committee chose to end it prematurely for the season after having trouble getting a new farmer.

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Published July 13, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Years in the making, a farmers market will soon be a reality in St. Clair Shores, thanks to the work of a resident and her team of volunteers.

Susan Bunte, her husband and four children moved to St. Clair Shores four years ago, although she grew up with family in the city.

“The first thing that I did was try to figure out what kind of community things” there were in the city, she said.

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Published July 8, 2015

ROCHESTER — Low-income families can double their money to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market this year.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Marketing Coordinator Nancy Voges said this is the first time the market has participated in the Double Up Food Bucks program, which strives to provide affordable fresh produce for residents who receive food assistance.

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Published July 7, 2015

CLAWSON — The community once again will define the word “local” when it opens its annual farmers market this weekend.

The 2015 Clawson Farmers Market season will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays from July 12-Sept. 27 at Clawson City Park. The market will not open on Labor Day weekend.

The market has fresh fruits, vegetables, flora, food and gifts, but what makes this community’s market unique is its local angle.

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Published July 2, 2015

The new Sterling Heights Farmers Market at Dodge Park has already had a bumper crop of success, according to city officials.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois said the weekly market, which runs from 3-8 p.m. on Thursdays, has been a hit despite some recent rainy weather. The market opened for the first time at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights on June 4.

“From our perspective, the farmers market has been a success, basing it on foot traffic, basing it on the fact that our parking lots are all packed,” he said.

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Published June 30, 2015

WARREN — You’ll find more than just fresh produce, healthy activities and good times this summer at Warren’s weekly farmers market at City Square. You’ll also find a sense of community.

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Published June 25, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Driving down Southfield Road on any given Wednesday in the summer, it’s pretty hard to miss the Lathrup Village Farmers Market, thanks to its new location.

The Lathrup Village Farmers Market, located at the Lathrup Village Municipal Complex, 27400 Southfield Road, runs from 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays and is followed by a free concert in the park.

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Published June 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Woods is bringing back its popular farmers market after a successful first year last year, and the city has launched a new trolley service this summer, as well.

The farmers market starts June 14 and will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 11.

The market will offer residents a chance to pick up locally grown produce, handcrafted items, jams, jewelry and more. 

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Published June 3, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe farmers market has a new location, new management and new availability for state Bridge card benefits this year.

The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe has taken over management of the market, according to Recreation Office Assistant Amanda Hughes, who is one of the people working on it this year.

“It’s going to run from June 6 through Oct. 31. It is a longer market (this year), running from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday,” Hughes said. “There are no skip dates.”

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Published May 15, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The inaugural Sterling Heights farmers market will be sprouting up soon, according to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The farmers market will be held on Thursdays June 4-Oct. 29 at Dodge Park.

According to Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois, the farmers market’s buildup has been exceeding expectations since the idea was unveiled earlier this year at a strategic planning session.

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Published May 13, 2015

FARMINGTON — Walt Gajewski, Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market manager, wants the public to get into the swing of things with the upcoming farmers market.

With the theme “Swing into Spring,” Gajewski is looking forward to the May 16-Nov. 7 season at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park, 33314 Grand River Ave.

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Published May 13, 2015

FRANKLIN — Summer: when the dull task of grocery shopping at the supermarket is transformed by taking the action outside.

Farmers markets are popping up all over metro Detroit, and Franklin residents will be the first to tell you they’ve got one of the most unique weekly open-air shopping experiences in town.

Market on the Green opened up two weeks ago, boasting more vendors than ever, with 15-20 produce, prepared foods, spice and giftware makers selling their goods under the shady canopy of Franklin Park.

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Published April 29, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Farmers Market will kick off its seventh annual season at the Packard Proving Grounds on Saturday, May 9. The market is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday through October, rain or shine.

Market Manager Mary Anne Demo said the Shelby Farmers Market will host a slew of new vendors and events, as well as bring back some market staples.

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Published April 28, 2015

ROCHESTER — The vibrant colors and flavors of Michigan’s growing season will soon make their way to downtown Rochester, officially signaling the arrival of spring.

The Downtown Rochester Farmers Market will open for its 16th season May 2 at the corner of East Third and Water Street, a block east of Main Street. The outdoor market will continue from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31.

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