We'll be jammin' this day for our 21st Annual Jam Contest! Bring your home canning creations to the store no later than 6pm Friday the day before. It’s just like the county fair, but we invite everyone to taste the entries on toasted Zingerman’s Bakehouse bread and vote for their favorites. The top three winners will go home with Downtown Home & Garden gift cards.


DHG's 11th Annual Pickle Contest and Public Tasting takes place once again, 10:00a-1:00p. Bring your entries to the store no later than 6pm Friday,the day before. From old-fashioned dills and bread-and-butter pickles to pickled beets, asparagus, and snap peas, entries are only limited by folk's imagination! Everyone is invited to stop by, taste, and cast their vote for the winners. First, Second, and Third place will all receive DHG gift cards!

Salute to the Mitten!!


Snap your hand up for a Salute to Michigan companies! Carhartt, Stormy Kromer, Broner, American Spoon, Michigan Maple Block, Michigan Hardwoods, Dixboro Syrup as well as other Michigan companies will be spotlighted on this day.  Ann Arbor's own Sheri Dufek will be here - talk with her about her amazing custom Pendleton Blanket Coats, and see for yourself what truly unique, once of a kind, custom coats she makes. See what long lasting quality is to be had by all these long standing companies. Samples, door prizes, and more will spice up the day!

Amaryllis Potting Day!

Our rep from Vandenburg Bulbs in Howell, MI will be on hand to demonstrate how to pot these amazing giant bulbs! They're easy to grow, and are a great way to brighten up even the dullest of Michigan days. We have them ready to purchase as a bulb, replanted in our greenhouse, and even in a kit ready to send as gifts. Wonder what to do with the bulbs when they're done blooming? We'll share all the tips to taking care of these fun flowers



Ever look at a drawer full of sharp, fancy knives and wonder which you should choose to cut what kind of meat? Learn the ins and outs of the different styles of knives, and the proper way of cutting - stop that crumbling turkey, end the ripped meat syndrome with our knife experts! Learn the kitchen knife skills you need to be a pro in your own home kitchen! Our experienced staff share their tried and true techniques that make swift work out of big jobs and yield the best results for all of your vegetable, meat and dessert preparation. They'll show you how to slice and dice for great results! Bring one straight edge kitchen knife for free sharpening on the spot, or bring a bundle and we'll sharpen one on us and have the rest ready the next day. ($3 per knife) Put a new edge on an old knife and restore it to brand new condition! Event is free and open to the public,


It's that time of year when everyone stays up late for all sorts of holiday spirit shenanigans! We'll be open at the crack of daylight until way way way past (read: MIDNIGHT) our farm style early bedtime of 7pm! In addition to some specials going on all day, we will once again be hosting a great group of animals in our barn, have a surprise musical guest, roasting chestnuts in our Christmas tree lot, and whatever else we can stuff into the most fun chilly first Friday in December.

Christmas Party!

What better way to top off a midnight madness weekend. Please join us for our annual neighbourhood Christmas Party! Smoked turkeys, Grandma Mooberry's cranberry salad, hot cider and eggnog! The farm animals will be hanging out, The Oliver Mayman Quintet will be here ... and the REAL Santa will be on hand to listen to the wish lists! Cm'on down and celebrate with us!