Olde Beaufort Farmers'Market
where life slows down so neighbors can catch up....
In Loving Tribute to Mike
On Friday, March 10th, Mike Dunn, Treasurer of the OBFM’s Board of Directors, passed away. Mike served on our board since 2016, bringing his expertise in finances and a passion for being involved with the market to the position. Soon the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market became a high priority for him as he envisioned the potential of our organization as a welcoming hub for community business and resources. His vision of serving our citizens, including all our small business vendors, and growing the organization to a level which would ensure its sustainability in the future, were his driving forces.
Mike joined the board during my first year as the market manager. With his past career experience in finance, he challenged me, he supported my efforts, and we spent hours brainstorming ideas for the market’s growth and service. He faithfully served our organization, seeing it through the changes brought by its growth, with professionalism tinged with humor and a staunch focus on our overall mission.
Mike was an accomplished diver, as is his loving wife, Nikki, and during his diving experiences all over the world, his interest in underwater photography grew. His quest for growth and excellence in his work along with his love for the market, prompted him to become a vendor himself. He explained that his mission in his photography was to picture the underwater environment, focusing on its inhabitants, with the goal of creating a personal connection between his subjects and his viewing audience. He wanted people to feel the connection between the underwater creatures and ourselves, to sense our oneness, to value their beauty and presence in our world, and to become aware of our changing planet and its impact on all life.
Mike Dunn was a conscientious OBFM board member, an artist, an advocate for the underdog, a contributing community citizen, and a loving husband, among many other things. He will be truly missed by many, including myself, who called him “friend.”
From the heart,
Cindy W. Bunch, Executive Market Manager
Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market Board of Directors
Each year we award a scholarship to a graduating senior from a local high school, who has interned at the market. Mike was passionate about helping students who make good choices to get a higher education, whether at a university, college, or technical school.
We are renaming this scholarship,
The Mike Dunn Memorial Scholarship.
You can donate here to this scholarship fund to honor him and a deserving high school senior. His passion for helping students will live on through this initiative. Thank you
Donations can be made by Paypal or with credit/debit cards through guest checkout options.
In 2023, with your help, we look forward to continuing to grow our service to all segments of our community.
Our FRIENDS OF THE OBFM MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
for the 2023 season is now beginning, and we hope you will renew your sponsorship or become a new first-time member. Click here to join the Oak Tree Benefactors, Cultivator Club, Pollinator Patrons, Green Thumb Gang, or Sprout Sponsors!
With your renewed support, in this new year, the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market will continue hosting our nationally, statewide, and locally recognized Saturday morning markets, providing quality products, along with other events, which improve the health and enrich the lives of our citizens. We are committed to activities which educate, inform, support, and gather our citizens and guests in a safe, inclusive, happy environment.
Your donation to our 501(c)(3) organization establishes the mainstay financial support for our market! By contributing you help create the opportunity for our local small business vendors to do the work they love and to provide for themselves and their families, which in turn enriches our whole community and beyond.
We can’t do it without you! Your investment in our organization makes our community a better place to live.
We appreciate your financial support, your advocacy, your friendship, your volunteer service, your participation, and all contributions of your time and energy to our organization.
Also…the OBFM has a New Plan to include local businesses in our market on Saturday mornings. Click here to check it out.
Looking back on 2022, the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market enjoyed its most successful year ever! Our vendor numbers grew along with the fresh food and quality artisan work that our local farmers, food producers, and artisans offered. Non-profit community organizations and member businesses informed shoppers of their resources, and the market hummed with the energy of folks enjoying our hometown event each weekend on the courthouse square.
Enjoy revisiting some of our special events and market scenes here.
MARK THESE DATES ON YOUR 2023 CALENDAR
We will host 34 markets this year.
Opening day - Saturday, April 15: 9 - 1
Farm to Table Dinner - May 25 Harborside Park Deck in Beaufort
Sea To Table Dinner – October 5 Harborside Park Deck
Shop Small Saturday – November 25 on the courthouse grounds
Market is closed Saturdays, December 2 and 9
Olde-Fashioned Holiday Market – December 16: 4 – 8 PM on the courthouse grounds
Preorder / Pickup Market has begun. Find how to participate on our website or FB page. Regular Saturday morning markets are closed until reopening in mid-April 2024.
More activities and events will be added during the season. Stay informed by checking our website: oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org and our facebook page: @oldebeaufortfarmersmarket
We are looking forward
to a prosperous and fun 2023 market season!
Market vendor applications are closed at this time and will reopen for the 2023 market season in early March. The call for applications will be posted here on our website and on our social media platforms.
We are happy to announce that the OBFM Pre-order Pickup Market will begin on Saturday, January 21st 9-11am.
Currently 10 of our vendors are participating this year and are listed below with their contact information. You will place your pre-orders with the vendors and then pick them up on Saturday mornings at the courthouse square. Vendors will communicate with you via their preferred model once initial contact is made.
Other vendors may come onboard before the market reopens for our new season beginning April 15th. Until then, keep up your resolutions to eat well by buying fresh local food from the OBFM vendors.
Participating Vendors are:
Front Street Taco: www.frontstreettaco.com Use OBFM pre-order tab.
Roysters NC: Text/Call message (919)801-7650
Shoe Branch Farm: Text (252)725-3593
Shenk Family Farm: shenkfamilyfarm.com (order by Friday at midnight)
3 VIP, LLC (Goat Lady Dairy): (336)706-1938 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ocean Air Hemp Farms: email@example.com or (252)808-7166
Ophelia Inlet Products: Text/Call at (252)714-6858
Edible Yards Nursery: (252)725-5831 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Better Batch Porkskins LLC: (910)967-2088
Harlowe Custom Microgreens: HarloweCustomMicros@gmail.com
Beaufort Biscuits: Call/Text (252)266-0080, or email email@example.com
We look forward to serving the needs of our community with fresh locally grown food and quality handmade products. Thanks for your support!