BIRMINGHAM (WWJ) – An abundance of fresh produce, a beautiful array of flowers and delicious homemade goods will soon be available in Birmingham.

The ninth season of the Birmingham Farmers Market will kick off on Sunday, May 1, 2011 and run every Sunday through October 23, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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The lively outdoor market will be held in public Parking Lot 6 on the east side of N. Old Woodward (across from Salvatore Scallopini Restaurant and Booth Park).

“Now more than ever, the community really understands the importance of shopping local,” Principal Shopping District executive director John Heiney said in a release. “All of the items at the market are Michigan grown or made, most within 100 miles. When people stop by the market to pick up their produce, they know they’re guaranteed the freshest product around and they’re also supporting Michigan.”

Market Master Richard “Cousin Don” Hobson said shoppers can expect to find rhubarb, parsnips, and a large variety of greens and herbs at the market in May.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, beautiful floral arrangements, hanging baskets and flats will also be available.

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The following special events are planned for the 2011 Birmingham Farmers Market season:

  • June 26 – Health & Fitness Event
  • August 7 – Corn Festival
  • September 18 – Harvest Festival (previously Hay Day)
  • October 23 – End of Season Celebration

The market offers a hometown experience that’s fun for all ages, with fresh prepared foods, live music, a children’s craft area and more.

Throughout the summer more than 50 booths will feature a diverse array of locally and regionally grown produce including organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and garden plants, baked goods and hand crafted items.

Shoppers can access the most up-to-date information about the market by “liking” it on the Birmingham Farmers Market Facebook page and following on Twitter @BhamFarmMkt.

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For more information, visit their website or call (248) 530-1200.