Collaborative Group Launches Revitalized Bucksport Bay Farmers’ Market
March 8, 2013

BUCKSPORT - Bucksport is soon to be home to a revitalized Farmers’ Market. Starting this year, the market will take place on Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm, from mid-May through October next to the post office in downtown Bucksport. A collaborative group of organizations and individuals are supporting this Farmers’ Market initiative, including area farmers, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Healthy Acadia, the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, and the Downeast Business Alliance.

“Opening the market in Bucksport supports area farmers and gives area residents the opportunity to meet and chat with the people who grow or process their food,” said Jenny Johnson, owner of Pebblestone Farm. “I am especially interested in having the market be a community and family event that can promote healthy food, be fun, provide education such as cooking, growing, and healthy eating, and offer activities including fine arts, crafts, and performing arts.”

Farmers, producers of meat, poultry and dairy, fishermen, producers of value-added items such as baked goods and preserves, and craftspeople are eligible to apply to participate in the Farmers’ Market. A number of vendors have already committed to participating and space is available for more. Anyone interested in being a vendor at the Bucksport Bay Farmers’ Market can contact Jenny at bbfmarket@gmail.com for more information or to apply.

“This is an exciting initiative that will benefit local business and community members and become a true weekly event,” said Leslie Wombacher, Executive Director of the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. “The long standing vendor, H.O.M.E., is an active member of this collaborative group, and we have new vendors joining, which will create a vibrant weekly market for our community and will support area food producers and crafts people.”

The Bucksport Bay Farmers’ Market will accept SNAP (food stamps) and WIC benefits, in order to increase access to the local produce for people currently facing lower income.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this collaborative effort to revitalize the Bucksport Bay Farmers Market and provide increased access to healthy, local food in the Bucksport Bay area,” said Katie Freedman, Food, Farm and Nutrition Program Manager at Healthy Acadia. “Our group is making every effort to ensure that Bucksport Bay area residents of all income levels can enjoy the healthy produce, including by using SNAP and WIC benefits at the market.”

For more information or to apply as a vendor at the Bucksport Bay Farmers Market, please contact Jenny at bbfmarket@gmail.com or Leslie at leslie@bucksportbaychamber.com.