The little dancers from the Zajaczek Dance Ensemble entertain the crowd at the Dodge Park Farmers Market Sept. 5.

The little dancers from the Zajaczek Dance Ensemble entertain the crowd at the Dodge Park Farmers Market Sept. 5.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Polish fest kicks off September farmers market events

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 10, 2019

 The American Polish Century Club offered city chicken, kielbasa and golabki dinners at the Dodge Park Farmers  Market  Sept. 5.

The American Polish Century Club offered city chicken, kielbasa and golabki dinners at the Dodge Park Farmers Market Sept. 5.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 The farmers market will host special events on Thursdays throughout September.

The farmers market will host special events on Thursdays throughout September.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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Residents who missed a Polish festival last July in Sterling Heights got another chance to eat kielbasa and golabki at the Dodge Park Farmers Market Sept. 5.

The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department started off the last month of its Thursday farmers market sessions with a Polish festival.  

Sterling Heights Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny said the festival included a beer garden sponsored by the American Polish Century Club, which houses the Century Banquet Center. A Polish dance ensemble was scheduled to perform, he said. 

Nowotny said the brand-new addition to the farmers market made sense, since the city has a large Polish community. 

“We have a wonderful collaboration with the Century Banquet Center, and we thought by putting (this) together, we could bring some extra people,” he said. “And it would be a great kickoff to the fall to have a little festival.”

Leonard Palermino, the executive chef and general manager of the Century Banquet Center, said his kitchen planned to bring golabki, “city chicken” kebabs, kielbasa and sauerkraut to the farmers market.

“We’re excited to share our heritage with the community,” he said. “There’s a lot of Polish people in the community, so I think sharing the ethnic traditions and kind of exposing them to the Polish culture is exciting for the city.”

Palermino added that the farmers market could bring his food to different audiences that might not normally go to the club’s July festival and craft show.

“You see the younger generation attending the farmers market, and those are the ones who may not readily practice the traditions of their parents and grandparents,” he said. “And re-exposing them to some of those traditions and flavors is a good thing.”

The Parks and Recreation Department hosts special September activities at the farmers market as a way to draw in additional visitors as the summer winds down into fall. The activities also fill a void produced by the end of the Music in the Park summer concert series.

Among the other scheduled activities, Nowotny said, the Dodge Park Farmers Market will host a Sept. 12 Market Fit Day complete with an assortment of health-related activities, such as a yoga event and a Zumba event. Hanson’s Running Shop will host a 1-mile prediction run, he said.

“You basically predict what your time is going to be, (like) running that 1 mile in 6 1/2 minutes,” he said. “Whoever the top three (are) that get closest to their prediction win the prizes.”

On Sept. 19, the city will hold its annual Pet Parade; pet owners may bring dogs, cats and other animals to participate. Pets that wear costumes may be judged for prizes, Nowotny added.

And he said the final farmers market, Sept. 26, will feature the annual Touch a Truck exhibit. City departments will bring their work vehicles.

“The kids can climb the trucks, get into the trucks and talk to the drivers,” he said.  

Nowotny said this season so far has generally been a happy one for farmers market vendors at Dodge Park, and he praised the public for its “tremendous support” and turnout. 

“It’s been very comparable to last year, when we had our grand reopening,” he said.

The Dodge Park Farmers Market will be open 3-8 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 26 at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Learn more by visiting www.sterling-heights.net/dpfm or by calling (586) 446-2700. 

For more information about the American Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, visit www.american-polishcenturyclub.com or call (586) 264-7990.

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