Beaumont Farmers Market open every Saturday

Donna and Steve Heironimius of Donna's Farm
Elizabeth Waddill, Karen McCormick, Becki Stedman

You have GOT to go there this weekend. I’m talking about the Beaumont Farmers Market at the athletic complex on College Street in Beaumont. The BFM is a locally run, seasonal, open-air market that runs roughly February through December. The hours are 8-11 a.m. but the crowd usually gets there early for the best “pickings.”

Becky Stedman is the dynamo behind this thriving farmers market. Feb. 20 was their opening day for this year’s season, and it didn’t disappoint. Even in February, there were 10 or so vendors selling the freshest vegetables possible. Most of the produce on the tables had been picked only a few hours before market, and you could tell. The lettuces and greens fairly glistened with dew from the farm.

Not only is it great to find such fresh produce, but it is also a sheer joy to speak to the farmers selling to you. You find stories of farmers who are keeping up family traditions and those whose passion drew them to becoming full time farmers.

Why shop your local farmers market? Becky Stedman would enthusiastically answer, “You will find fresh, ripe foods that are in season, grown or produced locally. Look for the freshest produce, delicious freshly baked breads, unique tamales. The atmosphere is friendly, and you are supporting your local economy.”

BFM was founded in 2010, opening in the parking lot of the Beaumont Downtown Public Library. In 2011, the BFM moved to its current location on College Street, near Langham Road. It is completely run by volunteers. In the past two years, the market had over 40,000 visits from customers. The vendor list continues to grow.

Stedman said, “Once again the Beaumont Farmers Market will feature a Local Artists Series the first Saturday in each month.” 

She added, “New to the market in 2016 is our locally made crafts area.”

If you are interested in learning about the guidelines and becoming a vendor for the farmers market you can visit and find an application on the website under “Become a Vendor.” The registration fee starts at $10 per week. You will be contributing to the local economy by redirecting consumer food dollars to local growers. And it is such a fun community gathering place.

Special events coming up at Your Beaumont Farmers Market include the Slow Food Mobile Market on March 19. April 23 is the annual meeting for the BFM.

If you don’t want to be a farmer, you can still be involved with this stellar community project. Volunteer to set up and break down the market. Volunteer to be a greeter. Take photographs of BFM special events. Be a liaison with the community and spread the word about BFM by passing out brochures or appear on local television or radio. Come and buy the best and freshest produce around. Questions? Contact BFM at texasbfm [at] gmail [dot] com. See you there this Saturday.