After a two-year pause, the GVSU Farmers Market will return on June 8. The full market will be held once a month in parking lot G on the Allendale Campus and is co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability Practices and Human Resources.
"We are delighted to bring back the Farmers Market this year," Yumiko Jakobcic, director of the Office of Sustainability Practices. "A lot of people have shared that they’ve missed the market and the sense of community grown there, and we have, too."
Several vendors are slotted to participate, including Post Farms, Lindberg's Blueberries, Kona Ice of West Grand Rapids and many more.
Opening day of the market will include a faculty & staff fun run/walk with GVPD. Registration will cost $6, with $5 of each registration going to the GVSU Student Support Fund. GVSU community members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome to participate.
Returning from last season is the smaller-scale Farm Stand, which will be hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) at the Cook Carillon Tower every Wednesday through early October.
Michael Hinkle, farm manager and educator for the SAP, said the stand will have something for everyone, whether they want to stock their pantry or are curious to try something new.
“The students and I are looking forward to bringing fresh produce to campus for another summer," said Michael Hinkle. "We’ll be offering a myriad of crops this year, from favorites like leafy kale to more unique heirloom varieties of peppers and tomatoes."
A full list of Farm Stand dates can be found on the Office of Sustainability Practices' website.
For people looking for other ways to get fresh produce on a regular basis, the SAP team is offering a farm share sign up. Those who participate can receive a weekly box of fresh, locally grown produce. The boxes can be picked up each week at the farm stand or at the SAP farm on Luce Street. You can also have your box delivered for a $5 delivery fee.