Farmers markets returning
to campus this spring
By Billi London-Gray
Locavores and organic foodies will once again rejoice on campus as the Texas State Farmers Market returns this spring.
The Common Experience farmers market, held Sept. 29, 2010, featured dozens of vendors from San Marcos and the surrounding central Texas area. After the success of that event, Layne Duesterhaus, a junior at Texas State majoring in resource and environmental studies, was inspired to help it happen again.
“I wanted to make a farmers market available to students so that they can have convenient access to high quality, organic, locally grown food items,” Duesterhaus says. “Buying from a farmers market not only supports the local economy in a direct way but it’s also good for your health and good for the environment.”
Duesterhaus is co-president of the Environmental Conservation Organization (formerly the National Association of Environmental Professionals), a student organization at Texas State. ECO is collaborating with Edible San Marcos to organize four spring farmers markets at Texas State.
“The only student org participating so far is ECO,” Duesterhaus says. “We plan to hold a farmers market the first Wednesday of every month during the spring and fall semesters.”
Participating vendors include: Wake the Dead, So.A.P., Full English, My Father’s Farm, Gardeners Feast, Round Rock Honey, Cornucopia, Phoenix Rising Bakery, Texas Coffee Traders, Simple Pleasures, Little Shoppe of Health, Poochie Trends, Christen’s Gourmet Prailines, Gwen Rocks Jewelry, Rhea’s Ice Cream, Dirty Dawgs, The Coffee Pot, and others. Live music performances also are in the works.
According to the ECO news release about the event, “All vendors are from within a 250-mile radius and participate in organic and/or sustainable practices.”
The first spring farmers market will be between the Alkek Library and LBJ Student Center on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Markets are also being planned for March 3, April 6 and May 4. Those events will be held from 11 a.m. to between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Quad.
For more information, contact Layne Duesterhaus at email@example.com.