A Farmers’ Market Comes to Black Rock

By April Guilbault

Two women, an idea and a priest walk into a field. Sounds like the beginnings of a crazy joke, doesn’t it? Well, this is how this story began.

Our two heroines – Michelle Margo and Karyn Leito – have children in the same school in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. This lovely little nook of a neighborhood of closely arranged houses by the water boasts a few schools, a church, and an adorable little market to get a cup of coffee or tea with a friend, but no farmers’ market.

While chatting, as moms at events do, they started to bounce the idea of a farmers’ market around. Then they let it percolate. The priest of their neighborhood parish soon stepped in and offered the field next to the church as a usable space for this idea of theirs. He was hoping to see this nicely situated grassy area put to good use for their community. Months later, after much discussing and planning, The Black Rock Farmers’ Market is on the verge of opening to the public.

Bridgeport is a unique city and one that is beginning to bloom. “There is good here!” says Karyn Leito. There are food deserts for sure, but farmers’ markets have begun cropping up in those areas, thankfully. This new market will be another feather in Bridgeport’s cap and will richly enhance this Black Rock neighborhood, bringing with it a hearty dose of “locavore-ism” and education regarding healthy food choices and support for the local economy. Michelle and Karyn, these dreamers-who-do, feel that this is just one more way to strengthen a community by endorsing and promoting its own farmers and vendors.

With the avid support of the diocese, the City of Bridgeport and Wholesome Wave, The Black Rock Farmers’ Market is slated to open this summer on June 7th. Local is the name-of-the-game here, with artists, musicians, food vendors and farmers filling the open-air space, which Michelle and Karyn are hoping will become a vibrant food and art destination each Saturday from May to October. Stay tuned for a complete vendor listing coming soon as well as more information about the grand opening!

In the meantime, on April 28th there will be a fundraiser for the Black Rock Farmers’ Market at the Fire Engine Pizza Co. (2914 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport). At this “Monday Matters” event, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the new market.
Black Rock Farmers’ Market
St. Ann’s Field
481 Brewster Street
Bridgeport, CT 06605

Saturdays from 9-1 pm

June 7- October 25, 2014

Vendors TBA

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