The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market will open its 25th season on May 19 with guest speakers, music, and a specially crafted birthday cake.
The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. with the Farmington High School Drumline and Groves-Walker American Legion color guard. Heather Yanke Lunneberg, a local vocalist who has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will sing the National Anthem, followed by these speakers:
- Farmington Mayor Steve Schneeman
- Connie O’Malley, President, Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills
- Dirk Beamer, Wright Beamer Attorneys
- Coach Terry Schalk, Store Director, Fresh Thyme
- Kelly Wilson, Taste the Local Difference Magazine
- Mary Martin, Executive Director, Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce
The market opens with the traditional bell ringing. The first 500 patrons will receive a slice of cake crafted by Oakland Community College School of Culinary Arts instructor Lois Hennessey.
Other opening day activities include hot dogs and coneys served up by Groves-Walker American Legion Post, a Yankee Air Museum display, children’s activities hosted by Mayfair Co-op Preschool, and live entertainment by Larry Arbour from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Zachariah Peterlin, owner of Peterlin’s Restaurant, will provide an special opening day cooking demonstration.
Beaumont Farmington Hills Hospital will offer free health screenings, and the hospital’s Human Resources staff will be at the market looking to meet and hire veterans. Over the past two years, more than 200 vets have been hired into the Beaumont Health System.
Held Saturdays through October in the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion and Riley Park at Grand River and Grove Street, the market has grown from a handful of farmers to a regular complement of 40-plus vendors during the season.