GU Farmer’s Market returns for the fall
Fresh produce and the lure of healthy living brought students and neighbors alike to the second incarnation Georgetown University Farmer’s Market in Healy Circle yesterday. After its debut in April, the farmer’s market is back to provide students living both on and off campus with an opportunity to take full advantage of the locally-grown foods the Mid-Atlantic region offers.
Melissa Gadsden (NHS ’12) and Bre Donald (NHS ’12), the co-Directors of the farmer’s market, have exciting plans for its future.
“We’re hoping to include outside community groups like the Georgetown Hospital. We hope to possibly get speakers to come in,” Gadsden said on Wednesday.
She then talked about how the growth of their initiative will require a few more dedicated individuals from the student body. “We’re going to split up into three different committees that address different facets of the market… a marketing committee, a vendor outreach committee, and a communicate outreach committee. We’re going to have…a lot of manpower volunteers to help us with the day-of market event.”
Rebecca Yang (SFS ’12) discovered their need for volunteers early on, and found that the farmer’s market caters directly to her interests. “I’m a huge foodie. I’m really into farmer’s markets, eating healthily, recipes, home cooking… and also sustainable agriculture,” Yang said while taking a break from handing out free samples of Belgian waffles.
Elizabeth Buffone (COL ’14), another volunteer, helped serve patrons freshly-baked slices of bread while she explained that her academic interest in social entrepreneurship encouraged her to sign-up at the SAC fair.
After this week, it appears as though the farmer’s market will only get larger as sunnier Wednesdays approach and more vendors are able to arrive on campus. “Unfortunately, today is really rainy and we had four vendors back out because of the thunder,” Donald said.
The vendors that were able to make it came from as far away as Pennsylvania and as close as D.C. Les Caprices de Joelle, a catering service based in Jessup, Maryland was present, with quiches, puff pastries, turnovers, paella, and Belgian waffles that they have sold at a number of farmer’s markets in the greater Washington area.
For more information about Les Caprices de Joelle, the other vendors at the farmer’s market, or how to get involved, you can visit the Georgetown Farmer’s Market website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Mimi McCormick (COL ’13).