Bethel Community Market: What Do You Want to See?

The market is planning for summer and wants to know your thoughts.

Have you been to the Bethel Community Market? What do you like and what would you like to see? Credit: Robert Muirhead
Have you been to the Bethel Community Market? What do you like and what would you like to see? Credit: Robert Muirhead
With temperatures below zero, warmer weather is on the minds of many. That's certainly true of the Bethel Community Market organizers.

They're getting ready for the 2014 summer season and are seeking input from the community. They posed these questions on the Bethel Community Market's Facebook page:

  • Did you attend the community market?
  • What did you like about the market and what would you like to change?
  • Would you attend the market on a Friday evening instead of the Thursday evening?
  • What events/ activities could we add to the community market?

Bethelites, what's your favorite part of the market? What would you like to see?
Rob W January 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Love the community market, where we (Daily Fare) had a table pretty much every week. But as good as it was, it was "undersupported" by the Bethel community. What would help: First and foremost- more residents making a real commitment to shop locally and support local businesses. Overall, the event needs to feel "special." Lots of things could help - More vendors, and with a greater emphasis on food. - More representation from local craftsmen/women and local businesses (but not MLM businesses). - Entertainment (doesn't Bethel have more good garage bands?) & family games & activities. I've heard the plan to make it 2x per month vs. weekly and I think that if this allows for "bigger productions," then that's a great start. I also think that the market needs a really dedicated committee of organizers so that the burden of producing events doesn't fall on one or two people. Who's in?
jdohan January 29, 2014 at 01:08 PM
I went to the community market when it began, so things may have changed, but it seemed the focus back then was less on fresh produce, more on "finished" goods. Birdhouses and pork sandwiches are great, but more fruit and veggies would be a draw to me. (Don't know if this would be too much of an overlap with the farmers' market in Stony Hill on Saturday mornings.)


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