And now, a word from our President…

No, not either one of those guys. In this case it’s our BFM Board President, Kent Spellman!

Let’s Share New Year Resolutions!

It’s a New Year and the folks at the Bridgeport Farmers Market are all about New Year Resolutions!

We made a few of our own.  How about you?  Tell you what — we’ll show you ours if you’ll show us yours!

The Board of Directors and the many volunteers who make the BFM possible are looking forward to a wonderful 2017 and we certainly hope it will be a great year for you and yours.

Market Volunteer Amanda Workman and our newest Market volunteer, her son Samuel, born on December 18.

At the BFM Board of Directors meeting in December, we set some ambitious goals for 2017.  Here are some of our resolutions for the New Year:

  • Make our weekly summer market bigger and better than ever
  • Provide better quality control and more consumer information
  • Increase support for our vendors
  • Grow the number of kids in our Power Of Produce program
  • Offer more activities for families and kids
  • Continue to offer music and chefs demos each week
  • Continue to explore options for a permanent home for the BFM
  • Host another Wild & Wonderful Table culinary event (you won’t want to miss what we’re planning!)
  • Increase the number of SNAP customers at the BFM
  • Recruit two new Board members

But to achieve those goals, we need your help. We sincerely believe that by helping us achieve our goals, you can improve the quality of life for yourself, your family and your community.

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Pati Espinosa of Green Acres Farm

Here are some examples of resolutions you might make that will bring you and us value:

  • Regularly attend the BFM, starting with this Sunday’s Winter Market (11 AM – 2 PM, Bridgeport Conference Center)
  • Each week this summer, before you go to the grocery store, shop the BFM, each Sunday, 10 AM – 2 PM, at Charles Pointe. You’ll be surprised at how much it reduces the amount you purchase at the grocery store
  • Challenge yourself to eat more healthy, locally-produced food
  • Learn a few new dishes to cook using fresh produce and make them a regular part of your family’s menu
  • Support the local farmers and artisans at the market with your purchases. These are locally-owned businesses, and locally-owned businesses keep four times as much of their revenue in the community as chain businesses
  • Give unique locally-produced gifts that you’ll never find in a big box store. It will be a more satisfying experience for everyone involved
  • Regularly visit the BFM website (bridgeportfarmersmarket.com) and like our Facebook page (Bridgeport Farmers Market). Also follow us on Instagram (@bridgeportfarmersmarket) and Twitter (BridgeportFM)
  • Tell your family, friends and co-workers about the market and encourage them to visit. Help us build the BFM community!
  • Plan to have lunch at the market when you visit – the food is special, and the fellowship under the dining canopies is fun!

We hope you will consider some of these New Year resolutions! We encourage you to show us your resolutions about pursuing a healthier lifestyle and supporting local businesses on the Bridgeport Farmers Market Facebook page. And if you love the market, and want to help it grow by serving as a volunteer or Board member, please contact us through the contact page of our website or by messaging us through our Facebook page.

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L-R: Brian Gainer of Ginger Blue Naturals and Market volunteer Bob Workman abide.

See you this Sunday, from 11 AM to 2 PM, at the Bridgeport Conference Center, for the first Winter Market of 2017!  And mark your calendars for the other Winter Markets of 2017: February 12th (Mardi Gras!), March 12th (Spring is Almost Here!), and April 9th (Happy Easter!).  The first summer Bridgeport Farmers Market is Sunday, May 21st, from 10 AM to 2 PM, and will run weekly until mid-October.

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Frank and Kaycee Crislip of My Little Cupcake

Thanks Kent! Today’s pictures are from last month’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Market.

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