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Lifestyle expert Jean Roman shares gardening and cooking tips

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The Market is excited to welcome Jean Roman with her gardening and cooking tips to our 2023 lineup.

mug-shot-sm.jpgJean is a mother of six, published author, podcaster, YouTuber, organic gardener, organizational guru and influencer who lives in Waterford. A cookbook author and self-professed master gardener with more than 20 years of experience, Jean loves to share her passion for and knowledge of organic gardening, the local food movement and food preparation and preservation. 

On her weekly podcast, “For Dragonflies and Me,” Jean gives gardening, cooking and organizational tips and tricks; discusses healthy lifestyles, and welcomes a wide variety of entrepreneurs.

Jean will make six presentations at the Market throughout the season. Please join her as she discusses and demonstrates:

June 17 – Making strawberry jam

July 8 – Easy and delicious pesto sauce

August 5 – Planning your fall garden

Sept. 23 – Homemade marinara sauce

Oct. 14 – Fall garden cleanup

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Jean recently chatted up Market Manager Walt Gajewski on her podcast. You can watch a video of their conversation by clicking here.


Month-by-month Market highlights

Be sure to check the website for any changes or additions.


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Make it a two-fer this Saturday: Start at the Market and slide on over to Art on the Grand, the two-day juried art fair that fills Grand River right next to Riley Park. For more on Art on the Grand, click here.

NEW: 10 – The Hawk is swooping into the Farmers Market! Of course we mean the amazing community center that is the former Harrison High School, which has been revamped to include a broad array of classes and events. The City of Farmington Hills Special Services Division will share information about The Hawk's exciting summer programs, including free concerts, special community events, recreational activities such as golf, swimming and other sports options, summer camps, and more! The reps will also be giving out some fun swag as well.

17 – Pick up the latest copy of Market fave Taste the Local Difference, hot off the presses. Also, a representative from Senior Project Fresh will be on hand to answer questions about the food assistance program. It is one of several says the group will be at the Market.


24 – Celebrate the peak of Michigan’s strawberry season at our Strawberry Shortcake Day. Also look for representatives of the Parade Company’s Big Heads entourage visiting the Market. And you won’t want to miss a performance by Detroit Tap Repertory.


Note: Any Saturday during July and August will showcase the real stars of our Market: the beautiful vegetables and fruits on our farmers’ tables. 

1 – If you're in town this weekend, come check out our All-American Market! Celebrate the national holiday with a grilled hot dog from the Farmington Elks.

22 – For this date, the Market relinquishes its downtown residence and slides over to nearby Farmington High School to set up shop in the school parking lot. But it's for a good cause: to make way for the annual Farmington Founders Festival. We'll be back to our regular site on the 29th.


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You won’t want to miss this day at the Market: It’s our annual Corn Roast, with tasty ears delivered by our farmers and roasted to perfection by the Farmington Elks. Summer at its best, and a fitting celebration for the last day of National Farmers Market week.  

NEW: 26 – Chef Julie Selonke, Program Coordinator and Chef Instructor at OCC's Culinary Studies Institute, again will make something to tickle your tastebuds in a special cooking demonstration live at the Market. Check closer to the date for details.


9 – Returning to the Market after a successful start in 2022 is the Senior Health Fair. Presented by the Healthy Oakland Partnership, Oakland County Health Sr-POP-logo-DO-small.pngDepartment and MSU-Extension, the fair will provide information from all three major hospital systems in the county as well as Medicare and other health professionals. Also returning will be Senior POP!, a program inspired by the Market’s popular children’s group.  Senior POP! will provide practical nutrition tips for seniors as well as a cooking demo using produce from the Market. Seniors taking part will earn a $2 voucher good at any our farm stands.



7 – Police and Pancakes are back! And the title says it all: Members of Farmington’s Department of Public Service will serve up the freshley grilled pancakes. And it’s free.

28 – BOO! It’s the Haunted Market! Everyone will be in costume, from farmers and vendors to volunteers and shoppers. Detroit Tap Repertory will make make a spooky appearance with a Halloween-themed program, OCC culinary institute's Chef Doug Ganhs will artfully carve pumpkins and the POP! Club will be back with its Shoeboxes of Doom. Scary fun!


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It's looking like we'll extend into November to make sure our farmers can share any produce they still have. Check near the end of the season for confirmation.