Spring farmers market set for April 14-May 12
Posted April 8, 2009; 06:21 p.m.
The weekly campus farmers market at Firestone Plaza will return this spring for five weeks. The market will be open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 through May 5. The final market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. May 12 to coincide with other campus events celebrating the Dean's Date deadline for written coursework.
Members of the University and local communities will have an opportunity to purchase fresh locally grown produce and other goods from area farmers and businesses that use sustainable practices. Items expected to be available include organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range poultry and eggs, cheeses, breads, baked goods, ice cream and coffee.
The farmers market is an initiative of Greening Princeton, a student organization devoted to improving environmental sustainability, and is staffed by volunteers from the group.
"Over the past two years the Princeton community has proven that we can provide sufficient demand to support a successful farmers market," said senior Ruthie Schwab, a co-founder of the market. "This spring we are inviting some new vendors, increasing our efforts to raise community awareness and making plans to accommodate student schedules by developing a special Dean's Date market."
Dining Services will have a table at the market featuring cooking demonstrations by Princeton chefs. Visitors can learn more about sustainability efforts at the University through informational tables from campus groups. In addition, the market will feature live music performed by Princeton students.
The market was created out of discussions by the Greening Dining Group, a partnership between Greening Princeton and Dining Services. It also is sponsored by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Office of Sustainability, Building Services, the Department of Grounds and Building Maintenance, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board and a grant from the High Meadows Foundation.
For a list of participating vendors and for more information, visit the farmers market website.