Community Leader Spotlight: Brad Bedard

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Brad Bedard was born and raised in Bristol, Vermont. A proud Navy veteran, Brad served three years on a destroyer during the Vietnam War. Aside from these three years and a couple in California, Brad has lived a vast majority of his life in Bristol. Now a retiree, Brad continues to serve his country and community as the Service Officer at the Bristol American Legion Post 19 where he helps fellow veterans get the benefits they have earned.

Over the past few years, Brad has been an incredible supporter of Middlebury Foods. Brad has not only been a customer of Middlebury Foods for about two years now, but he also serves as one of our strong community partners. When Brad began ordering from us, we had not opened up the Bristol pickup site yet, and he originally commuted to Vergennes to retrieve his orders. But back in the fall of 2015, when we opened another pickup site in Bristol, Brad was key in making our new site a success. He helped us create a relationship with the Bristol American Legion, who has allowed us to use their facilities. Brad avidly posted and shared for Middlebury Foods on Facebook (and still does!) to help us get a stronger foothold in our new location.

What are this Midd Food veteran’s top picks? We found he keeps it simple. Brad told us that his current favorite items are the beef patties. He loves to bake or fry up some potatoes to make burgers and fries, but he keeps a balanced diet and also particularly likes making steamed broccoli. However, all in all, he truly enjoys all the vegetables and the meats he orders. Brad relies on Midd Foods for most of his shopping and really likes how the bag options have developed over the past months and years. He told us that he rarely has to go to the grocery store any more!

Amazing community leaders like Brad are a huge part of what makes Middlebury Foods thrive. We send huge thank yous to Brad and Legion Post 19 for helping make Middlebury Foods a more integrated part of the Bristol Community.