In just four short seasons, Black Rock Farmers Market has expanded from hosting 3 local farms in its first season to showcasing 8 local farms, 4 non-profit organizations, 16 additional weekly vendors and a variety of drop-in artisans in 2017.
This valuable marketplace brings community building programs like cooking workshops for adults and children, donation-based yoga for all levels, health and wellness education, and art demonstrations into the community of Black Rock weekly from June through October.
BRFM founders also helped form The Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative which consists of seven independently-operated markets in Bridgeport, CT. Each market shares a common mission to increase access to healthy, local fruits and vegetables for all, regardless of income.
Through the market’s involvement with the Collaborative, BRFM operates a SNAP incentive program so that for every $1 in SNAP spent at the market, you can purchase $2 in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Through grass roots efforts the market has been able to establish a retail platform for Connecticut farmers, local non-profit organizations, small business owners, entrepreneurs, talented artisans and musicians. Conscious decisions are made in selecting appropriate vendors and sponsors who share a similar mission of leading a healthy lifestyle and who support local business development.
Weekly attendance at the market doubled from 500 weekly attendees in its first season to 1,000+ in 2016. Attendance for Opening Day 2017 was 1,550+, a record breaking number for a singular market day.
The success and continued growth of the community market has led to this year’s decision to transition and operate BRFM as a non-profit entity. With the support of the community, this change will allow the market to continue to grow and become sustainable. Interested in helping? You can contribute directly to the market’s operation and support its programming.