Shop Fresh and Stay Active at Oakland County Farmers Market

Flowers at Oakland County Farmers Market

Do you love to shop local? The Oakland County Farmers Market at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328 is a mainstay for providing grower-direct fresh produce and flowers to county residents and visitors. Hosting more than 100 farmers and artisans, from 17 Michigan counties, shoppers will find fresh vegetables, fruits and baked goods as well as flowers, crafts and more.

Spend the day at the market and enjoy a breakfast sandwich or barbecue lunch served by market vendors. The market also hosts many special events, educational programs, cooking demonstrations and can be rented by the public for various purposes.

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Red Oaks Nature Center – An Urban Gem

Exterior photo of building at Red Oaks Nature Center

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Natural wonders of spring are appearing along the trails and in the woods of Red Oaks Nature Center in the City of Madison Heights. If you are a birder, this hotspot of biodiversity is one of the best places to be in these early days of May. I was there earlier this week on an overcast morning that hinted of rain to come. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a watchful snacking squirrel perched on the edge of the parking lot fence.

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Magnificent Morels of May!

Two morel mushrooms

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

“April showers bring May flowers.” We heard that saying frequently when the spring rains came and crocuses and daffodils bloomed. April showers, however, bring more than May flowers. They create ideal emergence conditions for morel mushrooms (Morchella esculenta).    

In this blog post, Magnificent Morels of May, readers will be introduced to the basics of morels and morel hunting, with a word of necessary caution: never consume any wild fungus unless you know its identity and edibility with 100 percent certainty. Although all of the accompanying photos show morel mushrooms, there is a great variation in the color and size of individual specimens. Some morels are so large you could insert a smaller one inside as an eye-catching photo opportunity!

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2022 NoHaz Collection Days

Paint being collected at NoHaz event

Let Oakland County’s NoHaz Collection team help you safely dispose of household hazardous materials ranging from pesticides, paints, air fresheners, propane cylinders, cleaning solutions, prescription medicines, and more.

You’d be surprised just how many everyday items are considered hazardous waste. Many of the objects that help us in our daily lives become dangerous when disposed of alongside regular rubbish. Do you have an item you’re unsure about? View lists of accepted and non-accepted materials in the FAQ section of Advantage Oakland’s NoHaz web page, or call the NoHaz Hotline at 248-858-5656.

2022 NoHaz Collection Dates and Locations

Registration links will be posted approximately three weeks prior to each collection event.

All events will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 30

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac
Follow signs once on campus

Saturday, June 4

Oxford Middle School
1420 Lakeville Road, Oxford
From M24/Lapeer Road, travel east on Burdick Street

Saturday, July 23

Kensington Church
4640 S, Lapeer Road, Orion Township

Saturday, September 24

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac
Follow signs once on campus

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Carpenter Lake: Southfield’s Wildland Gem

Entrance sign at Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Oakland County communities, park agencies, and nature conservancies have a strong history of creating and protecting parks and trails that offer increased opportunities for healthy and sustainable livelihoods. That’s an excellent benefit of life in Oakland County, since it is well known that natural areas refresh us and breathe life into our cities. Even marginal spaces that are not connected to more expansive wildlands tend to make people happy, and happy people experience significantly higher well-being.

Today, we’re exploring a beautiful, urban natural space in Southfield with enticing trails.

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