As farmers’ markets open, Howell’s celebrating 20 seasons

DSC06200Forget the darn groundhogs who’ve landed themselves on this winter’s “Most Wanted” list for meteorological malfeasance. The surest sign of spring arrives Sunday as farmers’ market season begins.

It’s an especially exciting time as the Howell Sunday Farmers’ Market, located on State and Clinton streets, adjacent to the Livingston county Courthouse, celebrates its 20th season.

Opening day in Howell will feature free, horse-drawn wagon rides; free newspapers; music by market favorite Cass Dufrin; crafts; herbs; bedding plants; flowers; vegetables for gardens; locally raised meats; and baked goods. Market manager Steve Wilczewski said there will likely be some locally grown asparagus available, too.

It’s been a pleasure watching the Howell Farmers’ Market grow and spread over these two decades. This year’s market will showcase over 70 local growers, agricultural producers, artisans and crafts-people. There is also weekly entertainment and a festival atmosphere, all against the backdrop of Howell’s beautiful, historic downtown, one of the few listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Livingston Post spent a wonderful day at the markets last year. You can read about it here.

Farmers’ markets are wonderful places to socialize and shop. You can’t get produce much fresher and any more local than that available at the farmer’s markets throughout Livingston County.

Livingston County’s Farmers’ Markets run May through October.

The Brighton Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 200 N. First Street at the Mill Pond, in downtown Brighton. Call (810) 227.5086 or (810) 955-1471.

The Howell Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, May through October, on State Street and Clinton Street by the historical Livingston County Courthouse. Call (517) 546-3920 or

The Fowlerville Farmers’ Market is open 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays at 213 S. Grand Ave., in the Village of Fowlerville Office Parking Lot. Call (517) 223-3771.

The Hartland Farmers’ Market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 9525 Highland Rd., at the Old Hartland High School. Call (810) 632-6630.


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Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. She is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse.

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