Farmington Farmers Market celebrates one million customers, on track to break attendance record

It was 1993 when Walt Gajewski first moved from Plymouth to Farmington, the first year of the Farmington Farmers Market.

The market was, as he attests, kind of tiny. It was small enough that when Gajewski drove down Grand River Avenue and past the market, he made a mental note to stop and check it out on his way back. He promptly forgot.

Now, some 27 years later, the Farmington Farmers Market has grown to become something altogether different, celebrating milestone after milestone. This season, on Saturday, Sept. 26, the market welcomed its one millionth customer.

It’s an odd year to be celebrating one million customers, says Gajewski. The COVID-19 pandemic put the entire season into question before it even started. But thanks to the hard work of Gajewski, the market manager, and his dedicated team of volunteers, farmers, and vendors, 2020 would not only become the year the market welcomed its one millionth customer but also, should the current trends continue, its busiest year ever.
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