We Care is a program to help support market goers that are battling an illness. Through this program we provide healthy meals made from our local farmers produce or a gift card to shop at one of our farmers' booths. The purpose is to help our market community know we are here to support them, that the market is more than a place to buy vegetables and that a healthy meal is healing.
Friend of the Market
The Friend of the Market program is your way of voicing support for WFM. By purchasing one of our annual tote bags for $40, you support the fundraising efforts of your favorite farmers’ market (a 501c-3). Your financial support of the Friend of the Market program helps to offset the vendors’ fees thus allowing each vendor to take more money home at the end of the day.
Farmer to School to Community (FSC)
Westport Farmers Market created a partnership between Staples High School Culinary, the Gillespie Center and local food by facilitating a monthly program where students learn about local ingredients while helping their neighbors in need.
Every second Friday of the month, WFM facilitates and funds the Staples High School Culinary Arts students in preparing dinner at the Gillespie Center in Westport, the community kitchen for the Homes for Hope organization.
Get Growing is a series of events and contests specifically designed for our younger visitors. Each week we bring a different activity, craft or entertainer celebrating fresh, local food, our farmers and our kids. “Families have been a part of our market from the beginning,” says Lori Cochran-Dougall, WFM Director. “Kids are really excited to learn where their food comes from and meet the farmers. The farmers really love interacting with the kids.”
Young Shoots - In addition, we partnered with the Westport Arts Center to sponsor Young Shoots, a photography contest for children from 8 to 18. Young Shoots is designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers' Market. The contest will culminate in a reception with the finalists’ work displayed in a gallery style setting.
The Recipe Program’s goal is to help customers create easy, healthy, and delicious meals using fresh local products found at the market. For each of ten consecutive months, seasonal recipes from the area’s top chefs will be distributed at the market and will be available online. These recipes will provide motivation for trying new dishes as well as new ingredients, thereby expanding the home cook’s repertoire.
Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM)
We have a weekly partnership with BRM. Each week, residents within their rehabilitation program are rewarded for good behavior by an outing to WFM. They collect food from WFM farmers and vendors to be shared at the mission and throughout Bridgeport’s in-need communities. Many of these BRM market-goers have graduated and remained in contact with WFM.
WFM is focused on our vendors’ success and viability. We also know that there can be unforeseen instances that can set a business back or slow down the production on a farm. We see our market as a community and in a community neighbors lend a hand to neighbors in need. Well, in the WFM community, we have established a fund to help those vendors who fall on hard times.
Chef at the Market
Each season we showcase Fairfield County's top chefs that support local farms. Each Thursday from 10:15 - 11:00 the experts teach us a trick or two for our kitchens.
Farms to Veterans to Community
WFM's NEWEST program- Farmers to Veterans to Community (FVC) provides veterans affiliated with Homes for the Brave the opportunity to learn how to prepare farm-fresh food with the guidance of WFM's vast chef network. The veterans are educated about the local food scene, the health benefits of local food, and job opportunities available with many area restaurants. This programs creates a connection between veteran, farmer and restaurant communities around healthful, local food.