During the beginning of the fall semester, before it gets too chilly out, the fall farmers market is held from 3 – 6 p.m., each Thursday. The market is a student favorite on campus, and is the fun event that many of us look forward to each week.
Just two semesters ago, current farmers market president and my friend, Caroline, was a member of the Green Team, the environmental sustainability organization where the farmers market originated. It took only a couple of weeks for Caroline to realize that the market would have greater potential if it separated from the Green Team and became its own organization with more manpower. As Christopher Newport makes it relatively easy for a student to start a new organization, Caroline was able to create the farmers market at Christopher Newport as its own entity.
Caroline, and the dedicated team of the farmers market, are doing an excellent job of bringing in better vendors from the local community and introducing different activities that students get excited about. Artisan wood-fired pizza is made fresh each market. Puerto Rican food is sold from the new food truck. Everyone’s favorite, kettle corn, tastes as delicious as it smells. I have a secret soft spot for the sweet treats sold by local bakers and enjoy looking at the offerings of fresh salsas, vegetables, honey and sauces, and cute little houseplants. Students have the ability to sell their own crafts and perform at the market, too! $5 yoga classes are another new addition to the market this year that I think is super neat.
No one wants to see the fall market season coming to an end, but there is still one more market to look forward to, and I will definitely not miss it!