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What do peas and cherries share? POP! Club

fruit.jpgAnother beautiful Saturday brought shoppers, visitors and lots of kids to the Farmington Farmers Market.

The shoppers found farmers' stands chock full of seasonal goodies. The cold, wet spring may have delayed the output of produce, but it appears the worst is behind us as the farmers bring more and more goodies every week. There's even evidence of sweet corn being knee high by the fourth of July!

Visting the market Saturday was Miss Farmington, Megan Cromwell, who shared smiles and conversations with marketgoers.

And the kids were there for Little Sprouts, hosted by the Farmington Presyterian Pre-School; the Warner Middle School RoboVikings, who again shared their expertise and robots with budding engineers and scientists, and the Kids POP! Club, which offered fresh food and fun activities to get kids interested in learning about produce. The two major activities were shucking fresh sweet peas and pitting just-picked cherries, with an unusual art project thrown in for good measure.The next POP! Club meeting is August 10. But don't wait till then to come explore  the market. There's always something to learn, and do.


LOCATION: The Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park, Grand River at Grove St.
HOURS: 9am-2pm Saturdays from May 18-Oct. 26
WHERE TO PARK More parking is available at the Village Commons Mall

A great POP! Club day!

We hit a milestone on Saturday, July 13, at our second POP! Club meeting of the season: 100 club members met our challenges and walked away with $3 vouchers to shop the market!

And what did they have to do exactly? Oh, only find duck eggs, shuck peas and pit cherries. And make produce art if they were so inclined -- and most were. (Did you know that a bunch of celery and an ink pad can make a beautiful flower?)

Looking ahead ... Our next meeting is August 10, and we have lots of fun things planned, mostly involving corn. After all, that day is brings the 13th annual Elks Corn Roast. Perfect day for POP!

See you on August 10!


July 20: Founders Festival Farmers Market
July 27: Little Sprouts with the Community Library.
August 3: Oakland County Parks Discoveries of Nature
August 10: National Farmers Market Week, POP! Club, 13th Annual Elks Corn Roast
August 17: Annual Little Princess Ballet
August 24: Music by Mark Reitenga, featuring acoustic pop/folk/rock
August 31: Labor Day Weekend 
Sept. 7: Fall Feelings
Sept. 14: Italian-American Market and the Kids POP! Club
Sept. 21: Market of the Harvest Moon and Family Day