Beginning on May 7, the streets of downtown Milford will come alive with the sights, scents and sounds of its bountiful annual event, the Milford Farmers’ Market. The fragrances of freshly grown and prepared foods will fill the air, welcoming the community to shop, visit and enjoy live music and family fun.
From 3-8 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 15, market-goers will gather on East Liberty Street to celebrate the season and support local farmers and artisans. “The market is a burst of life for the community after a long winter,” said Kelley Kirchner, marketing and events coordinator for the Milford Farmers’ Market. “It’s more than just shopping for vegetables. Neighbors and friends come out for live music every week while taking in the sensations of the market; the sounds, the fragrances, the flavors and the vibrant colors.”
A colorful array of local products will be offered at the market. Market-goers will enjoy perusing fresh foods such as Michigan produce, artisan breads, jams and kettle corn, as well as gifts like goats’ milk soap, locally-made children’s clothing and garden ornaments. Community favorite vendors will return this year, including Great Harvest Bread Company, Diana’s Heirloom Produce, Christine’s Natural Soaps and so much more.
Throughout the season, different varieties of fresh Michigan produce become available based on natural harvest times. Greens, crisp asparagus, tart rhubarb and bright flowers will be among the first Michigan crops shoppers will find at the market. Guests will also enjoy a wide selection of other items, like homemade granola, baked goods, herbs and potted plants.
This weekly event offers family fun with kids’ events and activities, in addition to offering a convenient way to purchase great locally-sourced foods and gifts. Children’s events and activities include:
· Decorate your own cupcake at Milford Baking Company’s free cupcake-decorating station, May 7
· New! Try various musical instruments at the “Instrument Petting Zoo,” courtesy of the Ann Arbor Symphony, which will also perform at the market, June 4
· Take part in weekly kids’ crafts and scavenger hunts
· Learn about the Milford Fire Department during a special visit
Multiple special events and activities will return to the Milford Farmers’ Market this year, such as:
· Enjoy live entertainment, fortune tellers and vintage crafts at the Old Time County Fair, Aug. 6
· Bring your pooch to strut the catwalk at the 3rd Annual Dog Fashion Show, Sept. 24
· Pick up culinary tips at cooking demonstrations, featuring Demarle at Home, Cooking with Dawn and local restaurant favorites throughout the season
Live music will fill the market streets each Thursday evening from 5-7:30 p.m., including fan favorites the Delivery Boys and Half Whacked—local Milford bands—as well as Austin Scott and Julie Haven.
A community affair with solid local roots, the market is completely volunteer-run. Residents and visitors from nearby communities embrace the market as a gathering space, coming out of their homes to visit with neighbors, shop and enjoy restaurants downtown and performances in the park. The market annually inspires a huge outpouring of support from the community.
“The community comes out in droves to support the farmers’ market each week,” said Ann Barnette, executive director of the Milford Downtown Development Authority. “From the planning and execution to the attendance and participation, the market is a grassroots project, and we’re fortunate to have a passionate community surrounding the weekly event.”
The Milford Farmers’ Market is located on East Liberty Street between South Main and Union streets. Please visit the website for directions.