Opening Day is just four weeks away in Downtown Rochester!

Downtown Rochester Farmers' Market logoSearching for a sure sign of spring? Head to the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market on Opening Day, Saturday, May 3.

Celebrating its 15th season, the Farmers’ Market is a frequent stop for area residents to enjoy the vibrant colors, aromas and flavors of southeast Michigan’s growing season.  Located at the corner of E. Third and Water Street, just one block east of Main Street, the market is open every Saturday, May 3 through October 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY 2013 070“The positive energy at Opening Day is contagious,” said Nancy Voges, Marketing Coordinator for the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “Shopping at the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market is a great way to access fresh, locally grown products, strengthen the local economy and connect with the community.”

New this season, the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market will accept Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT), also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Bridge Cards. This initiative through the Rochester Downtown Development Authority, gives recipients of public assistance access to fresh, healthy food, while supporting the local farm economy.

Opening Day festivities will include:

  • FREE Farmers’ Market Tote Bags sponsored by Kidz 1st Pediatrics filled with special offers from your favorite downtown Rochester businesses for the first 500 adult customers
  • Live music by blues artist, Paul Miles, sponsored by Bella Cuore-Organic Beauty
  • Colorable monster mural project for the whole family
  • Enter-to-win for more than 20, $25 gift certificates donated by downtown Rochester businesses
  • Enter-to-win the Harvest Basket Drawing for a plethora of products donated by market vendors

On Saturday, May 10, children are encouraged to bring something unique to the market (boot, watering can, etc.) to pot-an-herb for mom or grandma for Mother’s Day. All children’s activities throughout the season are sponsored by Penn Station East Coast Subs and Rochester Advanced Dentistry.

The market features only Michigan-grown (or made) products including vegetables, FARMERS MARKET JUNE 2013 001 fruits, flowers, container gardens, fresh cut flowers, herbs, homemade baked goods, gnocchi, jams and jellies, honey, maple syrup, locally roasted coffee and various certified organic products including eggs, beef and chicken.

The Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market is presented by the Rochester Downtown Development Authority and C & G Newspapers. For more information about the market, please visit or contact the Rochester DDA office at 248/656-0060.

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