Why Eat Local?


1.   You do not have to travel as much for your food! Food that is bought locally travels so much less distance to the market place than the typical fresh or processed grocery store foods.  Consequently using less fuel and contributing to fewer greenhouse gases.

2.   Waste is a lot less: Due to the shorter distribution chains for local foods, food is wasted less during distribution, during the warehousing process and during merchandising.

3.   Talk to local growers: You can talk to the farmers and find out how your food was grown, especially if there were any chemicals used during the growing season which may be harmful to your family.

4.   Food is fresher: Local food is fresher, better for your health and it tastes better. This is because it spends less time being transported from a farm to your plate. This also means the foods lose fewer nutrients and too much spoilage does not occur.

5.   Open space is preserved: When buying local food you help local farms survive and flourish. This keeps the land from being redeveloped into suburban sprawl and keeps nature in certain areas undisturbed.

6.   Local foods help maintain environment: By buying local food you will help farmland and the green in your local community.

7.   Soil is maintained healthy: Buying local food helps the diversification of the local agriculture. This will decrease the reliance on monoculture. Monoculture is when single crops are grown over a large area to the disadvantage of soils.

8.   Tourists love food local to the area: Local foods promote tourists showing interests to food local to the areas that they are visiting. This term is coined: agritourism. Tourists have opportunities to visit farms and local food producers help show awareness to the certain crops of certain areas and high light their beauty.

9.   Builds better connected communities: The local foods to the area create communities that flourish by connecting people with the farmers and food producers who bring them their healthy local foods.

10.                Supports local farms: Buying local food keeps the local farms healthy and creates jobs locally at farms and in local food processing and distribution systems.

11.               New and better flavors: When you decide to want to buy more local food, you will in turn find interesting new foods, tasty new ways to prepare food. You will find a new appreciation of the pleasure of each season’s foods.

VISIT the Bridgeport Farmers Market!


Cody’s team are frequents at this wonderful local farmers market that provides fresh foods for some of the tasty treats you have at Cody’s. Follow the above site and stay updated on regards to this fun local farmers market in your area.


The Bridgeport Farmers Market is open every Sunday from mid-May thru mid-October, 10am to 2pm. The Market is open rain or shine. For 2016 opening day is May 15. The Market is located in the Charles Pointe Development off I-79 Exit 124.

The Winter Market is open the 2nd Sunday of each month from November to April, 11am to 2pm, inside the Bridgeport Conference Center.

Meet the Team!

Anna Estenson
Manager/ Bar Tender

Estenson’s heritage is Norwegian, and from the states is originally from North Minnesota. Though Esenson went to school for cosmetology she has been involved in the restaurant industry for 10 years now, ranging from working in Morgantown, Rapid City and South Dakota. She has conquered almost all the Black Hill Peaks, and particularly enjoys hiking. She loves food and music; her favorite dish would be a gorged goose liver, foie-gras and French food. Estenson enjoys experimenting with food and drinks, the more locally sourced ingredients she can find, the better

Kaelin Thrasher

Thrasher is originally from Bridgeport, WV. This fall he will be studying at James Madison University studying finance. In his spare time he enjoys running and rock climbing. He has also been playing the guitar for two years now. His favorite type of food is Italian food especially with angel hair pasta. He also enjoys garlic bread and the tacos at Cody’s. Some of Thrashers goals are to own a West Falia VW van, and travel to the west coast.

.Tori Coleman

Coleman is originally from Bridgeport, WV. She is currently a senior in high school and is looking forward to starting Physical Training school at Weslyn hopefully one day. Coleman enjoys painting and drawing. When it comes to her favorite food she said it would definitely have to be macaroni and cheese.  A fun fact about Coleman is that she is left handed and is working hard to save up for college!

Tanner Floyd
Bar Tender

Floyd studied public and environmental policy at Vanderbilt University. He graduated from Liberty high school and was born and raised in Clarksburg, WV. He was previously a bartender at the 5th floor in Clarksburg as well. He especially enjoys working at Cody’s because Chef Cody allows all employees to have creative freedom; Chef makes sure that all bartenders have fresh ingredients to work with. Floyd also enjoys that the team all goes to the Bridgeport Farmers Market every Sunday to look for new, fun and local ingredients to serve up the following week!