Pumpkins, apples, and more tastes of fall are in store for visitors to this week’s Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market, open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, at the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park in downtown Farmington.
Michigan growers are kicking into high gear for fall, with plenty of fresh pumpkins and Michigan apples at the top of the market chalkboard. While most people think of them as vegetables, pumpkins are fruit, packed with vitamin A, B vitamins, and other valuable nutrients. You’ll find a wide selection to choose from for your pumpkin recipes or Hallowe’en decorations.
Growers will also have bins of juicy, fresh-picked Michigan apples, including America’s sweetheart, the honey crisp apple. Its amazing texture and sweet-tart, light berry flavor make it a fan favorite. Also, look for fresh-pressed cider, a fall staple at the market.
A highlight this week, downtown Farmington’s own John Cowley & Sons pub takes over the Challenge Butter cooking demo tent at 11 a.m. – look for the tent on the south side of the pavilion. Proprietor Greg Cowley will showcase two of the restaurant’s signature menu items.
“We pride ourselves on rotating expansive menu options at our town pub, but we will always have our savory traditions,” Cowley said. “Our potato soup and soda bread recipes go back many generations, and were brought here from the old country by my parents.”
The largest selling butter in the western U.S., Challenge Butter has been making its way into the Michigan market and has sponsored Cookin’ at the Market all season long. Its 100-year-old recipe is all natural and made with real cream. Learn more at challengedairy.com.
Sinjon Smith performs Music at the Market starting at 10 a.m., and the Farmington Library hosts the Little Sprouts Kids Corner.
Spend $20 at any downtown store or eatery on market Saturdays, show your receipt(s) at the information tent, and receive a unique, jute market bag free of charge. And remember to sign up for the market basket drawing, which happens at noon.