Farmington Winter Market starts season with new leadership, location

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published November 26, 2014

 Vendor Rick Kelp, of Plymouth, sells pasties at the Winter Market Nov. 22 at the historic Groves Walker American Legion Post 346, 31775 Grand River Ave.

Vendor Rick Kelp, of Plymouth, sells pasties at the Winter Market Nov. 22 at the historic Groves Walker American Legion Post 346, 31775 Grand River Ave.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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FARMINGTON HILLS — The ringing of a market bell Nov. 22 signified the opening of the Farmington Winter Market’s fourth season, which brought fanfare and a large crowd on a crisp morning at the historic Groves Walker American Legion Post 346, 31775 Grand River Ave.

The buzz and excitement are justified, with a new location, vendors and market master, Penny Oglesby, of Farmington. There will be a lot to see and do until the market closes its doors in the spring, she said.

“We have many things planned for our upcoming season,” Oglesby said in a press release. “We want people to do their holiday shopping with us and make us a highlight of their weekend.”

Running 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through April, the market offers attendees baked goods, eggs, meat, sourdough bread, specialty foods, crafts, handmade items and more from more than 50 vendors on the market’s two levels in the social hall. Saturday morning breakfast is even on the menu.

Oglesby said that as with the city-run Farmers and Artisans Market in the summer, she wants the Winter Market to be a community gathering space.

“The market (is) almost like a place to hang on a Saturday for a cup of coffee and see neighbors,” she said. “That was my thought.”

She said even market volunteers became close, “like family.”

Oglesby volunteered for the market master position after organic gardener Jean Smith, who started the Winter Market, passed the torch due to a busy schedule.

“I got involved because I was helping with the summer market for the last few years as a volunteer and worked at the Winter Market last year,” Oglesby said. “Rather than (there) being a gap in the market, I said I’d take on the market when the summer market ends.”

With the Farmington Winter Market just beginning, Oglesby said new features such as hot dog fundraisers, weekly giveaways and monthly themes are already in the works.

The market will provide hot dogs as a fundraiser beginning in late January, with proceeds being donated to the American Legion, which has helped veterans and their families since 1922, according to a press release.

A weekly market basket giveaway is also planned, donated by the market vendors. There will be holiday shopping throughout November and December, with craft items like mittens made from old wool sweaters, jewelry, handmade wooden bowls, and Christmas décor, according to the press release. Fresh greens roping and wreaths will be available during the holidays. A gift-wrapping station will be available for shoppers with donations for a local charity, and firewood will be sold.

January is Health Month at the Winter Market, which will include a nutritional and holistic theme. For February, the Farmington Winter Market will draw attention to local nonprofit Neighborhood House, which assists Farmington-area families in need. Shoppers will be asked to bring food and/or clothing for the drive, headed up by Miss Farmington Emma Feehley.

The Winter Market was previously held at the Old Winery building.

The market moved from the Old Winery building because there was not enough heat in the building and there were not enough parking spaces.

For more information, contact market volunteers at (248) 212-4010, email FarmingtonWinterMarket@aol.com, or find the group on Facebook.

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