Get your fresh fix Oct. 11 at campus farmers market

Class project becomes a sustainable Brandeis tradition

Visitors check out the goods at one of last year's farmers markets

Farmers market featuring vendors from Waltham and surrounding local communities

When: Sunday, Oct. 11 from noon – 3 p.m.

Where: Gosman Center parking lot on the Brandeis campus

WALTHAM, Mass. – After a series of successful farmers markets that brought local vendors to the Brandeis University campus during the 2008-09 academic year, a group of Brandeis students is continuing the fresh trend this fall. 

Originally created as a class project for Laura Goldin’s Greening the Campus and Community course, Mariah Rich ‘10, Samantha Lenard ‘10 and Nicole Starman ‘10 started the market to provide students with access to fresh produce, while simultaneously supporting local farmers and vendors.

"We are very excited to continue the farmers market into its second year,” Rich said. “Over the past 12 months we have formed lasting relationships with farmers and vendors, and our market has found a lasting place in this community. It is great to see the Brandeis student body and the surrounding Waltham community come together to support sustainability."

Rich, Lenard and Starman have some additional help this year. Members of the NaturaLiving club, led by co-founder Emilie Schuler, are helping to coordinate the markets. NaturaLiving was created last spring by members of the Greening the Campus and Community course, to educate other students about where their food comes from.

In addition to fruits and vegetables, visitors to the Oct. 11 market will be able to purchase a variety of other handmade crafts and products, including jams, soaps, lotions, jewelry, and used books. Brandeis dining services will also provide fresh bread from the Brandeis bakery and donate half of the proceeds to future student environmental projects.

The farmers market is open to the public.
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