Around Campus: Farmers Markets

Dates set for final spring farmers markets on campus

By Billi London-Gray

Shad Smith and Kendall Watkins of Full English, a cafe in South Austin, sold meat pies and other pastries at the fall 2010 farmers market.

Gather your reusable shopping bags and mark your recycled-paper calendars. The last two Texas State Farmers Markets of the semester are scheduled for Thursday, April 7, and Thursday, May 5. Both events will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Quad.

Farmers markets featuring the organic delicacies of local farmers, beekeepers, cheese makers and shop owners have become part of the scene at Texas State, thanks especially to Texas State junior Layne Duesterhaus. Inspired by the Common Experience farmers market, held Sept. 29, 2010, he was determined to bring more market events to campus.

“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, a resource and environmental studies major, is co-president of the Environmental Conservation Organization (formerly the National Association of Environmental Professionals), a student organization at Texas State. ECO has collaborated with Edible San Marcos to organize four spring farmers markets at Texas State. The first two were held Feb. 16 and March 3. According to an ECO news release, “All vendors are from within a 250-mile radius and participate in organic and/or sustainable practices.”

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.

For more information, contact Layne Duesterhaus at ld1192@txstate.edu.

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