Board of Directors
The Market is a Texas Department of Agriculture certified farmers market and is governed by a Board whose function is to provide strategic policy direction and operational oversight for the Market. Board members are elected at an annual membership meeting and serve a two-year term or until they are removed. The Board includes two non-vendor members elected by its vendor members.
Current Board Members
- President: Jeff Long, Bastrop Gardens
- Vice-President: Robert Fajkus (Also Market Manager), Sunset Hill Farm
- Vendor Board Member: Mike Teinert, Granny’s Garden and Grass Fed Beef
- Vendor Board Member: Cathy Creamer, Donlee Acres/Gran’s Goodies
- Non-Vendor Board Member: Lois McElwain, Jewelry Artist
- Non-Vendor Board Member: Sarah O’Brien, Director, Main Street Program
- Secretary/Treasurer/Publicity: Dolores Leeper, Scented Pleasures Gifts
President: Jeff Long
Vice President/Market Manager: Robert Fajkus
Secretary/Treasurer: Dolores Leeper
The Bastrop 1832 Farmers Market is a nonprofit 501c3 corporation (Bastrop Sustainable Agricultural Community) operated in accordance with local, county and state laws, and ordinances.
The Market is located on property leased from the City of Bastrop at 1302 Chestnut Street. Normal Market hours are Saturday mornings from 10am - 2pm. Free parking is available on the lot and behind the building location.
Mission, Purpose and Philosophy
The mission of the Bastrop 1832 Farmers Market is to create and sustain a market space for small family farmers, ranchers, producers and artisans, including those who are economically disadvantaged, to sell and promote their own farm and ranch products, artisan wares, ready-to-eat foods and other homemade products in a family-oriented environment.
In this manner, the Market provides access to local, healthy, affordable food for children and adults of Bastrop and the surrounding area while supporting family farmers and ranchers to create a local, sustainable agricultural economy, preserve farmland, and improve individual health and strengthen the community.
The Market also supports and provides funds to local food banks to ensure that the disadvantaged have access to the same healthy food. Additionally, the Market contributes funds to other tax-exempt charities and provides education about and the support of the region’s agriculture.
It is a producer’s only market: all products offered for sale at the Market are grown, made, baked, or prepared personally by the vendor.