Sustainable Agriculture Project to host farm stand on Allendale Campus through summer

Vegetables laid out on a table
Image Credit: Tanner Hamilton

Grand Valley's farm stand began on June 2 in front of Lake Michigan Hall on the Allendale Campus.

The stand was open from 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and will continue at the same time on Wednesdays into October. 

After the popular on campus farmers market was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the farm stand is a smaller scale, safe way to reintroduce the market to the Grand Valley community. 

Currently, the stand sells honey, root crops and leaf vegetables such as kale and arugula. As the growing season progresses the offerings will expand to tomatoes, green beans, squash, cucumbers and more. 

In addition to selling crops harvested from the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP), the farm stand will sell plants from the Barbara Kindschi Greenhouse. Sales of the plants will go toward supporting the GVSU Department of Biology. 

"I'm super excited that we could do something, even though the farmers market was cancelled," said Michael Hinkle, farm manager and educator at the SAP. "We still have interns who need jobs and farm crew that are working at the SAP, so being able to harvest the fruits of our labor and sell them to the community is amazing."

Those who cannot make it to the farm stand throughout the summer can choose to participate in the SAP's farm share program, with pickup and delivery options available for produce.

Someone purchasing items from the farm stand.
Tanner Hamilton
House plants sit on a cart at the farm stand
Tanner Hamilton