Farmington Farmers Market opens with Armed Services tribute

The Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market opens its 26th season of community service in downtown Farmington on Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m., with a special “Grand Re-Opening” celebration and ceremony.

The tradition ringing of the old market bell will follow a short program observing Armed Services Day, with a color guard, drum line, and Miss Farmington 2018 Megan Cromwell performing the National Anthem.

Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market

Adding to the festivities will be the Yankee Air Museum representing the Willow Run Bomber Plant, strolling Rosie the Riveters, and the first outdoor grilled hot dogs of the season served by the American Legion Groves-Walker Post of Farmington.

A mayoral welcome, guest speakers, live entertainment, and children’s activities will reflect Saturday life in a Michigan small town with the backdrop for Flower Day, as the market “Swings into Spring” with social dance group Swing Farmington offering free swing lessons from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Farmington Farmers Market

A chef demo with Chef Jeff Rose from the C.A.Y.A. Grille, Commerce will kick off the market’s signature “Cook’n at the Market” series, sponsored by the Calder Dairy. This fun, interactive outdoor learn-and-sample event is free and starts at 10 a.m. on the south side of the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion. Calder Dairy will also host a live petting zoo.

Don’t go home without a free sunflower seedling from the Farmington Beautification Committee, your entry in the “Sunflower Explosion” community competition to see who can grow the biggest sunflower.

Presented by Fresh Thyme and Beaumont, the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market is located in the heart of downtown Farmington, Grand River and Grove St., at the Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park. It is open Saturdays through October and is free and open to the public. For more information visit farmingtonfarmersmarket.com