Boone graced us with a few hours of beautiful weather on September 28, perfect for students to walk around Sanford Mall at the Campus Farmers' Market. The sidewalk was lined with booths representing local farmers, organizations, and clubs.
I stepped up to the market excited to see what it had in store, and it lived up to its expectations. It truly was a mini version of our county farmers' market. Fresh honey, bread, baked goods, vegetables, and herbs were available for purchase, along with soaps, jewelry, and greeting cards.
The Hunger and Health Coalition and FARM Cafe provided information about the work they do for the community and opportunities for students to get involved. Students were able to learn about the Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm. There was even free pizza for anyone who picked up ten pieces of trash around campus. #score
I munched on a mouthwatering sourdough croissant from Owl Creek Breadworks while hanging out with my fellow Spoonies. I also got a loaf of pain du diable, the devil’s bread. The devilish part is that sriracha is the best ingredient.
Why should you buy your food here rather than Walmart? By bringing the farmers' market straight to the students, we are able to strengthen the relationships between local farmers and young adults. It is vital that young people understand the importance of purchasing local and supporting farmers.
You are getting the freshest flavors when the flavors come straight from your town. You get what’s in season in your area, which can be unique to each area of the country.
You’re helping the environment and the economy when you shop at the farmers' market. You’re reducing your carbon footprint by taking transportation out of the equation. Your money is going directly into the pockets of local community members.
If you missed out this time, don’t fret. They’ll be back on Sanford Mall on October 26 and November 16 from 10am-2pm. Support your local farmers and stock your dorm fridge with tons of goodies. Want to give back even more? Sign up for a one hour volunteer shift on these afternoons here.