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Bridgeport's Downtown Farmers' Market Kicks Off

BRIDGEPORT, CT – The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) kicked off the 2018 Downtown Farmers Market season Thursday, July 12. Hundreds of attendees wandered in and out of McLevy Green enjoying fresh fruits and veggies, delicious prepared foods and the musical talents of Berndine Joseph and Jeffrey Velez. Local body painting artist Alicia Cobb delighted the crowd with her market-inspired creation, while the ladies of Our Woven Community displayed their one-of-a-kind bags and fabric products designed and created by artists who are relocated refugee women now living in Bridgeport.

“We are so excited to bring the Downtown Farmers Market back to McLevy Green,” said Lauren Coakley Vincent, President and CEO of the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District. “These small businesses are an essential part of building a vibrant Downtown Bridgeport. The farmers offer a variety of fruits and vegetables that you can take home or have cooked right on the spot by one of the food vendors. Each week we will have different live music acts and art demonstrations, as well as games led by local Chess Master Gerald Moore. Come out and have fun with us!”

The Downtown Farmers Market will take place weekly on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through October 11, 2018. The following farmers, food, and horticultural businesses will be at the market each week:

  • A Pinch of Salt: Offering hands-on cooking classes, team-building events, cooking workshops, culinary training, catering, and more. apinchofsalt.com
  • Blossoming Blessings: A full service florist specializing in weddings and events, located in the Arcade Mall on Main Street. blossomingblessings.com
  • BRYAC: Lobster rolls, chowder, and more! bryac.biz
  • Elegantly Casual Cuisine: Serves jams, quick breads, and take away snacks with a fun, elegant twist. elegantlycasualonfacebook.com
  • Fortuna’s Catering Company: The perfect menu for every occasion and selection of food you and your guests won't soon forget. fortunascatering.com
  • Headwaters Farm: Growing 37 varieties of produce, all started from non-GMO seed, without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. cedarhollowfarmct.com
  • Killam + Bassette Farmstead: Offering fresh fruit and vegetables. kandbfarmstead.com
  • Park City Honey: Supporting Bridgeport's kids and teaching them about the food industry with homemade food and confections. parkcityhoney.net
  • Phyto Haus: Indoor plants, in particular for those gardeners that don't want to break the bank just for some plant love. phytohaus.com
  • Smith’s Acres Farm: A family owned and operated garden center and farm stand nestled in downtown Niantic offering fresh fruit and vegetables. smithsacres.com
  • The Pizza Company: Wood fired pizza cooked on site to order! thepizzacompanyusa.com
  • The Water Bar by Urban Synergy in Action: Offering plain and flavored, sparkling and flat water for sale – and a tangible tool to develop urban entrepreneurs. usabridgeport.info

The Downtown Farmers Market is a member of the Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative. Information on other markets around the city can be found here: bridgeportfarmersmarkets.org.

 

 

As the Business Improvement District for the Park City, the mission of the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) is to “promote the preservation and development of the downtown business district; make the area more attractive and accessible; and enhance the public perception of downtown Bridgeport through overseeing and managing its appearance, security, and cleanliness.” The DSSD is operated under the direction of a nine member Board of Commissioners representing property owners in downtown Bridgeport. infobridgeport.com

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