As we begin a new year, we at the BFM want to take a moment and look back at last year. Here, in no particular order, are five things that stood out during Season 10.
First off, the very idea that it was Season 10. That is truly astounding to those of us who have been here since the beginning. And the idea that you, our loyal customers, keep coming back season after season is even more incredible. We thank you and promise to make Season 11 even better.
Uh, we had an honest-to-goodness kangaroo at the Market this season. That is all.
The continuing success of our POP Club never ceases to amaze. Our POP Coordinator, Athena Freedlander, and an enthusiastic group of WVU student interns once again got kids fired up about healthy eating. And made it all fun at the same time. It’s very gratifying to be walking thru the Market and see kids dragging their parents thru the early crowds to get to the yellow POP Club tents with smiles on their faces.
For the third consecutive season our branded fundraiser, A Wild and Wonderful Table, brought together a group of like-minded folks for a great evening of fellowship, food, drink, and music. Our chefs for the evening, Mike Costello and Amy Dawson of Lost Creek Farm, out-did themselves with each successive course. Add in a few custom cocktails and craft beer courtesy of Short Story Brewing of Rivesville, the music of our friends Half Batch, and some really cool silent auction items and, voila, a memorable evening was had by all. If you missed it, well, all I can say is you really missed it.
This season the BFM was proud to play co-host to the 2018 Appalachian Food Summit along with the Bridgeport Conference Center. The AFS is a biannual conference that takes place in a different state in Appalachia every other year and for 2018 it was West Virginia’s turn. While another WV site was in deep consideration the BFM board was instrumental in persuading the organizers that Bridgeport is where their event should be. After seeing the local food scene that the Market has helped create over the last ten years they agreed and the weekend of September 14-16 saw hundreds of chefs, food writers, community activists, educators, and other interested parties from all over the Appalachian region descend on our fair city. That Sunday, Sept 16, the Summit came to the Market in the form of day long chef’s demos. It was a truly remarkable thing to see and our little town left a lasting impression on all who attended.
Well, that about does her, wraps her all up. Things seem to have worked out pretty good for the old BFM, don’t ya think? But then, I happen to know there’s another season on the way starting May 19. I guess that’s the way the whole darned human comedy keeps perpetuatin’ itself, down through the generations, westward the wagons, across the sands of time until we– aw, look at me, I’m ramblin’ again. Well, I hope you folks enjoyed yourselves. I know I did.
The BFM would like to dedicate the 2018 season to the memory of our friend, supporter, and faithful customer from the very beginning, Joyce Francis.