Season 11 is officially underway! Last week’s market was busy between the chef’s demo of Ramp Pesto, gathering lines for strawberries and asparagus, and the sweet melody of our resident winter musician, John Posey. The traffic flow was steady, the weather warm, and the breeze blowing. What were your favorite purchases? Be sure to hop over to our Instagram page to share your photos using the #mybfmhaul for a chance for a pretty sweet end of season prize.
Opening day was great, but we kicked off the market season in another way with the return of the Bridgeport Farmers Market Community Dinner. Over half a dozen local chefs prepared some amazing food including rabbit gumbo in a bread bowl, bison and grassfed beef sliders, strawberry rhubarb crumble, strawberry shortcake, and spring rolls. Big Timber Brewing was also there, handing out sample glasses of their brews.
The chefs utilized products from several of our farmers, the floral centerpieces were provided by resident market florist Love Shyla, and local music was provided by our resident winter musician, John Posey.
The evening opened with remarks from Scott Duarte of the Bridgeport Conference Center, Mayor Andy Lang, and Farmers Market Board President Amanda Workman. Mayor Lang did a quick count and came up with nearly 30 events that the Bridgeport Farmers Market provides to the community: 6 indoor winter markets, a community dinner, outdoor market season, and culminating with our main fundraiser, the Wild and Wonderful Table. That’s a pretty impressive line up, if you ask me.
What’s even more impressive? The fact that all of these events are provided to the community by volunteers! The board and it’s volunteers are just that – volunteers. From the daily social media postings, this weekly blog, the behind the scenes prep each week for the market, and the set up and tear down every Sunday, it is all thanks to the volunteers. We do this because we love it – bringing fresh, local food to the community. Being a market the whole family can visit and spend several hours on a Sunday afternoon. And we are so thankful for you, our customers, for supporting the market and coming to our fundraising dinners. It is these events, coupled with our sponsors, that make this market possible. So, THANK YOU! And keep on coming out – pick up your Memorial Day cookout supplies on Sunday. Until next week, stay fresh!
Be sure to check out the full gallery of photos from the community dinner at Connect Bridgeport!