Even though I currently live in Brasil, I still enjoy volunteering to help out with promoting my hometown farmers market, called Beets, Beats & Eats. We affectionately call it the BB&E and it is entering it’s fourth year. It is located in Crossman Park, right in the heart of downtown Ortonville, behind Glass with Class Bead store, and next to the Township offices. The park features play equipment for the kids, mature trees and a truly intimate atmosphere. There is organic produce vendors (beets), musicians(beats) are invited to attend and a dinner vendor (eats) provides a low cost meal. BB&E started June 12 and will run every Friday night from 6pm til 9pm until September 4th.
I ran the BB&E during the 2007 season. When I found out I was going to be moving to Brasil, I conned persuaded Debbie to become the market manager. Even though she had other projects going on, she had helped me tremendously during my time and so she knew what the job required.
I am thrilled to announce that Debbie has just kicked off the fourth BB&E. It was an AWESOME night with an Art contest (the third one), as well as bounce houses. Debbie said the park averaged 200 people from 6pm until 8pm when game 7 of the Stanley cup play-offs started.
Debbie has done an extraordinary job at keeping this event running. She has not only taken over for me, she has made it better, adding weekly theme nights, encouraging more volunteers to participate and then physically going door-to-door to promote and encourage local business to support the BB&E. Her dedication, tenacity and cheerfulness are impressive. It is because of this extraordinary woman that the BB&E continues to be something to look forward to in Ortonville. I am proud to call her my friend.
My son and I will be attending the BB&E next week on our visit home to Michigan. I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be on a Friday night.
p.s. In answer to my earlier posted question “If you expect the worst, what is the best you can get?” There is no right or wrong answer, but the one I got from my son (when he was only 6) is ” You get what you deserve”.
With that in mind, I think I deserve to have inspiring people in my life, as well as inspiring places to go. Debbie Baker. BB&E, Friday nights, Crossman park in Ortonville, MI. Check it out.