Jim Hightower to speak at TAMU - We need your help!

Speaker, author, and sustainable agriculture activist, Jim Hightower will be speaking at TAMU on Tuesday, May 5 (5:30-7:30 PM), hosted by the TAMU Association for Social Entrepreneurship. The event will be held on TAMU's west campus (most likely next to the holistic garden, near the local community garden). The evening will also include live music. 

The idea is to make the biggest show we can to represent local food. If you are interested in providing snacks or drinks made with local ingredients, volunteering at one of the booths, or would just like to attend to hear the speech and enjoy the evening, let me know and I'll make sure you get all the details when they are finalized.

College of Education Earth Day Celebration

Earlier today, the TAMU College of Education hosted their Earth Day Celebration at Harrington Tower and what an event! So many wonderful vendors came out and we were swamped with visitors most of the day. Of course, The Friends of the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market was out with their market info booth and volunteers Brad Roberson, Pilar Gonzales, and I talked non-stop with faculty, staff, and students all interested in our local farmers' market. 

A special thanks to Pilar and Brad for hosting the booth! Today was a real success and I couldn't have done it without you!

Friends on Facebook

The Friends of the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market now has a group page on Facebook. Check it out!


Have a question about the Friends of the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market? Feel free to leave a comment on this post or email us directly. 

In the meantime, here are the answers to our most common questions: 

Q: Is the "Friends" of the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market different from the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market itself?

A: The Friends of the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market is a completely autonomous group from the market with it's own board/management, separate funding, and different (although at times overlapping) volunteers. The "Friends" group's purpose is to support and promote the market in things such as booths at local festivals and fairs for which the market itself doesn't have the volunteer base. It is at these booth locations that we distribute free literature on a wide range of topics like the benefits of a local diet, where and when our Farmers' Market meets, and shopping tips/recycling ideas for the market.

Q: Is my donation tax deductible?

A: Unfortunately, no. We are a brand new organization and have not yet applied for the 501(c)3 status with the IRS. However, know that your donations and membership fees are going towards printing valuable educational brochures that promote the market and encourage people to eat locally.

Q: Where do I send my donation?

A: Donations can be mailed to:

Friends of the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market
c/o HM Duchscher
2303 Kuykendall Circle
Bryan TX 77808


New Business Member - Texas Enterprise Bank

A special welcome to Franklin Patterson of Texas Enterprise Bank, our newest business member. Thank you, Franklin, for your support!

UPDATE: Texas Enterprise Bank is now The Bank and Trust. Thanks for your continued support!


TAMU Health Fair

It was beautiful day to be outdoors and the Friends of the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market was asked to enjoy it as part of the TAMU Health Fair. I had a chance to reach out to quite a few people interested in eating locally encouraging them to visit our farmers' market. 

I keep telling the farmers, "if you grow it, they will come." Well, they've done their part to provide an amazing harvest week after week, and I think that after this fair we'll have a few more regulars at the market to enjoy that harvest. 

Yeah for local!


TAMU Residence Life Energy Challenge

Today's TAMU Residence Life Energy Challenge marked the "Friends" very first non-market festival booth. Armed with our brand new banner (doesn't it look great on our table), volunteers Brad Roberson and Betsy "Boots" McCann reached out to students in Rudder Plaza, telling them about the wonderful world of local food and (of course), the best place in town to find all that fresh, local food - The Brazos Valley Farmers' Market. 

A special thanks to Brad and Boots for braving the cold day to share our message. Go local!