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Bridgeport Farmers Market Scares Up Halloween Hootenanny

Karyn Leito (second from left) and Michelle Margo, organizers of the Black Rock Farmers Market, enjoy a sunny day with their husbands John Leito (left) and Robert Lendrim. Photo Credit: Contributed photo
Black Rock Farmers Market's Halloween Hootenanny is this weekend. Photo Credit: Contributed image

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — If a pig roast, a corn hole tournament, barn dancing and hula hoops are your idea of a rollickin’ good time, head on over to the Black Rock Farmers Market on Saturday for an old-fashioned Halloween Hootenanny.

The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at St. Ann Field, 481 Brewster St. Admission is $5, and money collected from admission and the beer tastings will help fund the 2016 season.

The market, which tied Westport for top honors in The Daily Voice’s Best Farmers Market contest earlier this year, is celebrating its second successful season with an afternoon jam-packed with activities.

“Walrus + Carpenter will be providing the grub,” said Karyn Leito, who started the Saturday market with fellow Black Rocker Michelle Margo. “It’s a pig roast with all the fixins.”

Taco Loco and Along Came Carol, a local caterer, will also be on hand, as will Dulce’s Kitchen, Grateful Food and All Souped Up, which will provide vegetarian options. You'll also find Harborview Market cookies and fudge, Whisk and Brush donuts and Tipsy Cones specialty ice cream.

Local beer tastings will include Two Road Brewery, Captain Lawrence Brewery, Duvig, Bru Room @ Bar New Haven and Black Hog Brewery.

Musical guests for the day are: The KC Sisters and G Rockwell and The Still River Ramblers, with barn dancing called by Billy Fischer.

Since it will be Halloween, children can don their costumes and go trick-or-treating among the vendors throughout the market and there will be a haunted house for those who dare.

Bring the Hoopla will lead ever-popular hula hooping sessions and guests can cheer on their favorite teams at the corn hole tournament.

Leito said the hootenanny wraps up a highly successful season for the market. Attendance was up 27 percent over 2014, with an average week drawing about 800 people. Artisan Week, AKA the last market of every month, averaged 1,000 people.

"Looking back now the reason we started the market seemed pretty simple. We each knew the benefits that eating locally brought to our personal health and wellness," said Leito.

The market has increased its vendors and added new programming, including a talk by celebrity chef Michel Nischan, a children’s cooking workshop, weekly donation-based yoga classes and a weaving demonstration by local artist Rueben Marraoquin.

"What we learned along the way was the huge impact this producer-only market would bring to the community," Margo said. "When you buy from a local business your stimulating the economy where you live.”

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