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The Open Aire Market has its new director


Lisa Bridge and her daughter Olive.

by MATTHEW NASH
Sequim Gazette

On Monday, Dec. 14, Lisa Bridge succeeded Mark Ozias, who stepped down to pursue his new Sequim store, the Red Rooster Grocery.

Bridge, originally from Massachusetts, has worked in the farming community most her life. She worked for two years at Dungeness River Lamb Farm as a consultant and manager. Before that she worked for Ethos, a nonprofit music school in Portland, and was manager of a community supported agriculture program in Massachusetts.

Bridge said her love for farming and the local economy drew her to the job.

“Historically, markets have been the heart of the community,” she said.

On her first day, Bridge established several goals for herself. 

If the market’s board of directors agrees, she wants the market to become a 501(c) nonprofit organization.

She plans to continue relations with the Sequim City Council and Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce while outreaching more to the community.

Bridge wants to educate residents on the benefits of eating local produce.

Involving local children’s animal groups, such as 4-H, also is on her to-do list but depends on city guidelines.  

The Sequim Open Aire Market has events planned in February and April at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club before regular Saturday openings resume mid-May. It also will be open this Saturday, Dec. 19.

Bridge and her husband, Joe, own Rainbow Farm and have a 10-month-old baby girl, Olive.

Her office is at the farm, 142 Towne Road. She can be reached from 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday at 460-2668 or at director@sequimmarket.com.
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