BAYarts' first Farm + Art Market season a success
This summer, BAYarts hosted its first season of the Farm + Art Market. The event was coordinated by Pam Mills. Having been employed at BAYarts for several years, Mills' passion for cooking and local produce was what compelled her to tackle this new project. With the support of Executive Director Nancy Heaton, the market was launched with high hopes.
The market was a popular weekly event on Thursday evenings throughout the summer and into fall, with a steady supply of consistent vendors and community locals. The market was so popular that many new vendors are already asking to be added to the rotation.
"We probably had 45 vendors total, and the market had about 32 or 33 vendors each week. As a new market, you have to grow a good reputation with the vendors as well as people of the community. The response has been very positive, I've heard so many vendors say how much they loved being part of our market here."
Born in Wales, Mills moved to Warrington, England, when she was 3 years old. In 1996 she moved to Cleveland. This year, she got a plot in Fairview Park's community garden where she grows a long list of produce: tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, radish, carrots and even more. Having always been a skilled cook, she also runs a catering business.
"I'm passionate about people being able to meet those who are actually growing their produce, and realizing that you don't just go to Giant Eagle ... there's someone growing it and you can hear their stories." Look for the BAYarts Farm + Art Market in spring 2016, with info updated on bayarts.net.
Jessica Stockdale, BAYarts