It's back! The school is getting prepped up to host the ultimate in frag swaps, the Frag Farmer's Market. I have a great list of sellers lined up including all of the old favorites and a few new faces to bring in some new heat this year. You will not find a bigger selection of corals at any other show, and the set-up fee is so low, the prices are amazing! I'll post more info in the coming weeks.
I do have space for more "dry goods" companies, if some of the MR companies are interested in coming up for the day. The price for a table is too good to pass up! Shoot me a PM if you are interested!
I just got word that Caribsea will be supplying the water for the Frag Farmer's Market again. With 60+ coral vendors, all wanting just a little water, that is no small thing! Thanks to Betsey and the crew down at Caribsea for helping out again this year, and for their continued support of the E.O. Smith Coral Project!
Thanks for the good word. It is always tough to get people to come out for the first time, (long ride, etc...) but once you come out and see it for the first time, you see what all the buzz is about. I have a pretty awesome lineup of sellers again this year and am still adding "dry goods" companies to make it even better!
Okay, lets start with some of the FFM announcements!!!
This year, we are going to host something different at the FFM- a celebrity painting session! At 1pm, in one of the classrooms, Rachel Fogle of Reef Weeds is going to be running a painting session for people to come in and do a Zoanthid painting with her. Her paintings are featured all over including on Marine Depot and Amazon! Its like a "Paint and Sip" but without the sip (sorry, it is a school...). You will spend an hour or so with Rachel, painting and at the end of the day, get to take ...your painting home! It's a great chance to have some fun, spend some time with Rachel, and learn a little painting. It would be great way to spend an hour at the FFM for any frustrated artists, bored spouses, etc... Best part- it's free! I only have space, and materials, for 18 people to come paint with Rachel, so the first 18 people who email me at firstname.lastname@example.org will get a spot. I will make a wait list after that.
*We were really thinking of this for adults. Kids are welcome but any kids under 12 must have an adult painting with them.
The 2019-2020 FFM Coral Topiary Contest!
Jon Simmons from Boston Aqua Farms is in the process of custom making me 50 of these Moai (~4" tall) to send home with 50 different people at the FFM this year. Your challenge is to take the Moai home and turn it into something amazing by growing coral, sponges, anemones, whatever on it in your reef. As it progresses over the year, post your best pictures in the CT Frag Farmer's Market group on FB, to show your work. One week before next year's FFM (which will be on 3/7/20), we (my students and I) will look through all of the images from the year and pick the best, most creative, Moai topiary. The winner will receive a $50 FFM Gift Certificate for the 2020 FFM, and a Boston Aqua Farms fragging prize package. Thanks to Jon for agreeing to help out with this.
-Email me at email@example.com to get your name on the list to be one of the 50 people to take one home - first emailed, first in
-Only one Moai per person
-Must be picked up at the 2019 FFM
-The Moai must be added to a saltwater tank (no cactus Moai, painted Moai, etc...)
-Photos must be of the actual Moai in a tank, not photoshopped
A few people have asked me if they can grab a Moai but not have to do the Facebook aspect of it. Being someone who is not all that FB connected (I only use it for the FFM and reef related things), I understand. If people would like to do the Moai contest, but not have to join or post on FB, that works for me. I just ask that you do me a favor and email me the pics, or PM them on the forum, so I can post them up for people to see. Hopefully that works!
Corals + Livestock
Alex's Advanced Aquatics
AZNnutty's Saltwater Connections
Blue View Aquatics
Coral Reef Connection
Covey's Coral Cove
Credable Coral Labs
Dr. Salomon Corals
E.O. Smith Coral Project
Exotic Fish and Corals
Greg Demos - Aquacultured Acropora
King Pin Coral
Back Woods Reefs
Marine Science Magnet School
Micheal Reeve (Underwater Bliss)
Tidal Wave Aquatics
No Comp Clowns
NY Coral King
Ocean State Aquatics
Pacific East Aquaculture
Pieces of the Ocean
Reef Shine Guys
Rich Beck Jr.
School of Fish
Son and Sand
Tidal Wave Aquatics
The Reef Shoppe
NY Reefs Schools
Hall High School
Natchaug Elementary School
Marine Science Magnet School ?Dry Goods? CompaniesAgcore Technologies
Credible Coral Labs Art
Rock Hard Reefs
Anybody making the ride up from the city? I really Really want to go (never been before), but i don't have a car and it seems its not accessible by the Train. I will gladly pitch in for gas, tolls, and food! I'm located in chinatown Manhattan
Yeah, unfortunately, we are not exactly set-up like you guys with the mass transit up here. The closest we have would be riding on cows... The good news is that there are a bunch of NYC people who come up. I bet you can find someone to ride up with. You could also post in the FB group to try to find someone.
Can anyone who ever went confirm what kind of deals they have got when they went? Would hate to take a 3hr ride and come home with 1 or 2 pieces if I can stay locally and get the same or better deals/prices