“We’re working hard in Bridgeport to ensure our families have access to high quality foods. Our six farmer’s markets are an important step in this effort, providing fresh, healthy options and allowing us to support local businesses at the same time. I encourage everyone to visit one of our farmers markets this season.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch
Bridgeport, Conn. (June 5, 2015) – Tomorrow, Bridgeport’s farmers market season kicks off with the grand opening of the Black Rock Farmer’s Market, which will begin its second season on Saturday, June 20 @ 9:00AM on the field next to St. Ann Church on 481 Brewster Street.
Opening day at the market will include plenty of family friendly activities and locally sourced products from organic farmers, producers and artisans in the area. This year’s vendors will include Sport Hill Farm of Easton, Aradia Farm of Southbury, K is for Cookies of Black Rock, and many more.
With BRFM as the first, Bridgeport’s other five farmer’s markets are also set to open in the coming months.
“We’re working hard in Bridgeport to ensure our families have access to high quality foods. Our six farmer’s markets are an important step in this effort, providing fresh, healthy options and allowing us to support local businesses at the same time,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “I encourage everyone to visit one of our farmers markets this season.”
Each market is hosted by a different neighborhood, allowing all of the city’s residents access to high quality food options right near their homes. With all six markets open, the community will be able to visit a farmer’s market five days out of the week.
"With the help of committed partners, Bridgeport is home to six farmers markets. I encourage residents to visit each Bridgeport market, as they all offer a different community feel,” said Health Director, Kristin duBay Horton. “Each farmers’ market offers an amazing experience."
All markets will accept SNAP/EBT, WIC, Senior & Veteran FMNP and CVV checks.
Bridgeport’s farmers markets were initiated in conjunction with Mayor Finch’s BGreen 2020 sustainability initiative. Along with providing healthy food options, farmers markets also help reduce green house gas emissions and fight climate change as they greatly decrease the distance needed to transport the products to consumers.
“In Bridgeport, we’re making smart investments in the future. This includes creating green jobs, investing in clean energy production, and creating transit-oriented developments – all of which will ensure our kids breathe cleaner air,”
Livibility.com recently ranked Bridgeport the fifth healthiest city in the country, with access to farmers markets being among the criteria for the website’s rankings.
Bridgeport families and the surrounding area can take advantage of these farmer’s markets until late October.
Bridgeport Farmer’s Markets:
• EAST END MARKET 985 Stratford Avenue—July 12-October 25, Sundays 11-3
• ST. VINCENT FARM STAND 2800 Main Street—July 7-October 27, Tuesdays 12-4
• EAST SIDE MARKET 752 East Main Street –July 8-October 28, Wednesdays 10-2
• SOUTH END MARKET 877 Park Avenue—July 15-October 28, Wednesdays 3:30-6:30
• DOWNTOWN MARKET McLevy Green –July 9-October 29, Thursdays 10-2
• BLACK ROCK MARKET 481 Brewster Street –June 20-October 17, Saturdays 9-1