Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOTBFM 2014 Is Coming!

This coming Saturday, April 12, the market will be at the Cooperative Extension office for the last time this winter. Some early crops are coming in and we hope you will come out to the Extension Office between 8:00 and noon to start enjoying local food for 2014.

Two weeks later, on April 26, Bounty of the Barrens Farmers' Market will return to the Square for the balance of the season. We are going to have some very cool enhancements to the 2014 market. We are reworking our layout to allow the vendors to be closer together so it is easier for our patrons to visit all of the vendor tents. We are also happy to announce that Tubbs Farmstead will be cooking fresh breakfast and serving coffee on Saturday mornings at the market this year!

These improvements, and more, will make the center of Glasgow's Square the place to be on Saturday mornings, beginning April 26. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sustainable Glasgow’s Plans for Downtown Indoor Market

It has been two months since we first announced our plans to acquire an unoccupied building on the Glasgow Square and renovate it as a place to house the Bounty of the Barrens Farmers’ Market year round. Since many local folks have been so happy with this plan, it is time for us to give everyone an update.

Unfortunately, Sustainable Glasgow’s initial grant application to the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund was rejected. We knew we had a great idea and that we had assembled a quality application.  But the KADF rejected our idea on the basis that Sustainable Glasgow does not have the estimated $150,000 in matching funds which would be required to receive the matching grant.  All of us associated with Sustainable Glasgow knew this was an issue, but we felt that it should not stand in the way of KADF’s consideration of our project. We felt that if the state agency awarded us the grant based upon our success in raising the matching funds, the community would have readily contributed the necessary funds in order to breathe this new life into our square. Apparently, we were wrong about that, but we certainly are not about to give up!

We are more convinced each day that our vision for converting an old building into a place where our local food economy can be nourished, while our local farmers and chefs can nourish us, is the answer to many of our woes. We feel that the establishment of a venue for local food that can be open many hours each week, a place where folks can walk or cycle to a destination, where we can communicate with each other and enjoy the bounty of our land, is worth our extraordinary efforts to secure.

Our next steps include requesting local government to allocate funds toward this project in their upcoming budget cycle, meeting with advisors on the creation of a sustainable business plan for the acquisition and permanent operation of the facility, and refining our renovation plans to get a much better handle on the real costs of providing this facility for the people of Glasgow. We are not giving up; in fact, we are just getting started. Stay tuned and keep letting us know your feelings on this initiative.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sustainable Glasgow Board Meetings

The Sustainable Glasgow board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. at the Sustainable Glasgow office at 108 East Public Square on Wednesday, December 11.

We are going to try to do better at meeting at a regular time (presently second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at this location) and also do better at notifying everyone that might be interested in our deliberations. All are welcome to come and interact!

As we get better at this, and as the holiday season releases some of our time commitments, we will also begin to post our Tentative Agenda in advance as well.

Sustainable Glasgow has a great vision for our community. We welcome all who want to come get involved with us and help formulate that vision and help us make it come to pass.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sustainable Glasgow's Boldest Idea Yet

On the occasion of its fifth anniversary, the board of Sustainable Glasgow, Inc. announced plans to seek funding to purchase and renovate a large unoccupied building on the Glasgow Square. The bold plan they revealed is to acquire the building  at 124 South Public Square, which was formerly the home of the Western Auto Store and most recently PJ’s College of Cosmetology. The building would be converted into a permanent home for Bounty of the Barrens Farmers’ Market and an indoor food-court for the marketing of fresh local farm products and farm to table prepared foods.

Sustainable Glasgow President, Dr. Jerry Ralston, revealed the conceptual plan for the building  and stated, “The board and volunteers  who make up Sustainable Glasgow are very excited to present this plan to establish a garden of opportunity right in the middle of Glasgow, and we hope that it will flourish and that more hope and excitement will grow on the Square at the very center of life in Glasgow.”

Immediate past President of Sustainable Glasgow, Dr. William Travis, expanded on the concept and the economic incubator nature of the plan. “I believe that our downtown can become a livelier, more attractive, and more pedestrian friendly place. We have hope for more restaurants and local businesses to find the public square an attractive place to locate. We want this facility to become a catalyst for the realization of those goals by building upon our local food movement activities and the highly successful history of the Bounty of the Barrens Farmers’ Market.”

The SG board has applied for a matching grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund which they hope will provide 50% of the funds necessary to acquire and renovate the building. .The other half of funding would need to come from local sources that have an interest in establishing this anchor point for the future of Glasgow’s downtown economy. The plans include space for a variety of vendors, a full commercial kitchen and cold storage for produce to be retailed by vendors in the facility, as well as wholesaled to local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and other institutions.  Producers can cost-effectively use the Kitchen to add value to their products by canning and converting fresh produce into products which have a longer shelf life.

President Ralston added “Sustainable Glasgow has a dedicated group of volunteers who are passionate about this community and are striving to improve it for everyone. We composed a very high quality application for the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Competitive Grant Program and we are optimistic about our chances to receive funding. But for the initiative to be successful we must find local supporters who share this passion for making our local economy more durable, improving the livability of our community, and are motivated to donate money to match any grant funds we receive,” . The total estimated cost of getting this dream to become a reality is about $300,000. Therefore, Sustainable Glasgow is seeking to raise half of that from citizens in the community who believe this project is worthwhile.

Sustainable Glasgow, Inc. is a 501-C3 non-profit organization which may provide tax advantages to those who choose to support this project.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Plans for BOTBFM 2013 Continue to Develop

Plans for the 2013 Bounty of the Barrens Farmers' Market continue to evolve. First, you should know that we have one more winter market, on April 13th, at the Cooperative Extension Service office on West Main Street. This will be an exciting day as it will also be the Extension Service's Earth Expo Day. Our vendors will be out in the parking lot along with many other exciting exhibits that day. We hope you will be there.

The next weekend, April 20, will be our opening day on the Glasgow Courthouse Square, and what a day we have planned! That morning there are a number of exciting community events. The Butterflies for Maddie Run, and a new event, the Tour de Farm will also be that morning. The Tour de Farm will begin at WKU Glasgow Campus and it will be a great opportunity for you to walk, jog, cycle, push your stroller, allow  your kids to ride tricycles, in other words, a great opportunity to be outside on a short jaunt from WKU to the Glasgow Square. And when you get to the Square, BOTBFM will be open for the business of bringing fresh, healthy, local food to your table. There will also be celebratory speeches, including our Secretary of Agriculture, James Comer.

We also hope you will take a few minutes and view the short video above. What he has to say is right in line with the way we think about food and the opportunities for our local farmers to provide food that is simply better than anything you can get at a supermarket. Please take a few minutes to view it and then mark your calendars for these important dates in April.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Award Winning Bounty of the Barrens Farmers' Market - 2013

We haven't posted here lately as most of our information is now being posted to the Sustainable Glasgow Facebook page at this link or our Bounty of the Barrens Farmers' Market Facebook page at this link , but it seems timely to make sure you know what is going on here as well. On the left side of this page are some important items about SG and the market for 2013. 

The first link on the left takes you to the 2013 Vendor Application. If you want to join in on the fun of being a vendor at Bounty of the Barrens Farmers' Market in 2013, now is the time for you to download the application and fill it out and return it to us along with the appropriate fees. Opening day is April 27 and we have a real party planned for that day!

If you are interested in helping us fulfill the mission of Sustainable Glasgow, Inc., we are looking for financial support. There is another link on the left side of the page which takes you directly to our approved 2013 budget. As you can see, it takes a few dollars for us to do what we are doing in our efforts to make Glasgow an all-around cooler place to live. Can you or your firm step up and help us? Please give our budget a review and contact us if you want to be a part of our movement!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

2012 Bounty of the Barrens Farmers' Market - Your Chance to Sustain

Now is the time for all fans of Sustainable Glasgow, and/or Bounty of the Barrens Farmers' Market, to get involved. On April 28 the center of our community will once again come alive with truly local commerce and camaraderie. The act of reinvigorating our local economy and reinforcing our ability to feed ourselves is not a spectator sport, it requires your active participation. 

Many friends and colleagues have asked how they might help Sustainable Glasgow achieve its goals. Here is what we need. We need for you to show up on April 28 for the first day of Bounty of the Barrens Farmers' Market 2012. We need for you to talk some of your friends into showing up. You need to spread the word about the importance of getting healthier through eating locally. We need for you to help us walk our talk by voting with your fork and with your wallet. You can become a player in the movement that is bringing life back to our public square. You can be a soldier in our struggle to help those who want to create their own jobs and provide for our food security by farming the land that surrounds our home.

The Sustainable Glasgow team now begins its fourth year of experience at putting the market together. We have learned how to do this well, but putting the market together, giving local vendors a way to meet with local eaters, and giving local musicians a place to perform on crystal clear Saturday mornings, is not enough to allow us to declare victory. We only win when you and your friends become a part of the market by showing up and participating. 

This year you will be greatly rewarded by becoming a part of the market. New vendors will be appearing this year, local artists will be displaying painting, sculpture, and other objects. Produce so fresh that it still has dew on it will be available for consumption less than ten miles from where it was grown. Local restaurants around the square will be open to serve you hot coffee and breakfast as part of your market day experience. There will be no better way for you to enjoy your life in Glasgow than by becoming a part of our Saturday mornings on the square. 

Please help us keep this thing growing by bringing your friends. Introducing them to local food may well be the most thoughtful thing you can do for a friend!