Mason to Open Weekly Farmers’ Market for On-Campus Community

Posted: April 20, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Just in time for Earth Day, Mason is offering a weekly sustainable and producer-only farmers’ market for the campus community. The market, which will be part of the Smart Markets Inc. network, will feature value-added products, dairy products and produce — all locally produced.

The first market will be open on Wednesday, April 22. The farmers’ market will be located on the North Plaza of the Johnson Center near the clock tower, and will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday.

Throughout the year there will be special events, each with sustainability and community building components.

The project is managed through University Services working with Smart Markets Inc., a local network that assists with managing Farmers’ Markets throughout Northern Virginia.

Many university entities have expressed support for the market, including University Life, Office of Sustainability, Student Government, Center for Leadership and Community Engagement and the GMU Environmental Awareness Group.

“We are excited about this new campus initiative,” says Dan Waxman, sustainability projects manager for University Services. “Some of the benefits of having a Farmers’ Market include promoting sustainability, supporting the local community, buying fresh, nutritious foods, building the community and enhancing university life and culture.”

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