Farmers Market opens Saturday, here’s where to park

Hundreds of people and their vehicles will roll into downtown Farmington for the May 18 Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market Opening Day celebration – and they’ll keep coming from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., every Saturday through the last weekend in October.

So here’s a little free parking advice:

1. Walk or bike. If you live close enough, this really is the best way to easily navigate downtown on Market days – especially with Farmington’s new pedestrian-friendly ordinance and crosswalk signs.

2. Use remote, un-timed parking lots. Check out the Maxfield Training Center area on Thomas Street (one block north of the market) and the lots on Orchard Street. Farmington Road between Grand River and Shiawassee also offers some great options.

3. Market-goers can use the Village Commons shopping center lot again this year. It’s on the north side of Grand River, east of Grove Street, a short, easy walk from the Walter Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park.

This map from the Market’s website shows all parking locations; those with red stars are un-timed (click for a larger version):

Farmington Farmers Market parking

4. Pack your patience. Watch for pedestrians. And have fun!