I am a resident of Bartlesville, OK, and I participate as both a vendor and a customer at the Bartlesville Area Farmer's Market.
I'll try to be atypically short in my comments.
This Market absolutely deserves a $5,000.00 award because THEY CARE!!
The group of individuals who initiated the BAFM are small in number, the existence of the market is so very short (2009 is second "official" year, I believe, but please confirm.) and EVERY single individual who supports the Market does so for, in my opinion, the absolute right reasons!
Simply: They want to provide all-natural, Oklahoma Grown, healthy products for our community members and they want to do so in a way that inspires citizens to understand the true value of traditional, farm-fresh food, the EXTREMELY IMPORTANT issue of buying from locl businesses during such difficult economic times, and providing education and support regarding the importance of community sustainability.
I'm proud of the Market's efforts; proud to buy products there; proud of the EXTRAORDINARY hard work that their all-volunteer staff does!
This is really want you want to hear. Board of Directors for the Bartlesville Area Farmer's Market will take every last cent of a grant that is awarded to them and use it wisely and for all of the right reasons.
I respectfully ask that you offer the BAFM the $5,000.00 grant money to obviously be used as their Board deems appropriate, but with my solemn word that I know without question taht you would be hard-pressed to find another Market who would accomplish any more, probably no-where close to, what the BAFM will if you select them.
Thank you for your review of my thoughts.
Denise M. Erhardt