Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The ninth season of the Birmingham Farmers Market is set to kick off in just one week and we're anticipating another successful, fun season. Last year, the market enjoyed its most successful season to date, with measurable growth in both vendors and attendance. We welcomed a 25 percent to 30 percent increase in vendors, and watched the average weekly attendance jump from 1,700 to 2,000.

On two Sundays, we broke records with an astonishing 3,000 in attendance! One thing is clear: The Birmingham community has shown support and appreciation for the abundance of fresh, healthy produce offered at the market, and we're excited to bring it all back next weekend.

Mark your calendar now for special events planned for our 2011 Birmingham Farmers Market season: Health & Fitness Event — June 26; Corn Festival — Aug. 7; Harvest Festival (previously Hay Day) — Sept. 18, and the End of Season Celebration — Oct. 23.

You'll see new faces and products at the market this year, as we've already signed on 10 new vendors to date. Join us for our Opening Day next Sunday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in public Parking Lot 6 on the east side of North Old Woodward (across from Salvatore Scallopini Restaurant and Booth Park). You'll find rhubarb, fresh parsnips, lettuce, spinach, green onions, cabbage, beets, radishes, beautiful flowers (hanging baskets, flats and potted arrangements just in time for Mother's Day), and a variety of herbs. The market will run every Sunday, May 1, through Oct. 23. Click here to read more. John Heiney is executive director of the Birmingham Principal Shopping District.

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