Springfield, Ohio — Alumni Way, the bricked walking path that runs through the east part of Wittenberg University's campus between Ward and Cassilly Streets, is the site of a local farmer's market for the first time ever between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 19 and 26.
Leaders of the Green Wittenberg Initiative, a campus organization established to promote environmental projects and improve the university's sustainability, have organized the farmer's market on campus. The farmer's market has been located in downtown Springfield throughout the summer, and when organizers ended on Sept. 5 Wittenberg Assistant Professor of Communication Sheryl Cunningham and a group of students asked vendors to extend their season, with the possibility of moving it to Wittenberg.
With an eco-house for students who agree to live an energy efficient and environmentally friendly lifestyle, a campus-wide recycling effort and a food co-op that features local and organic food, hosting the farmer's market is a logical next step for leaders of the Green Wittenberg Initiative.
The farmer's market will include vendors offering fresh produce, baked good, homemade jellies and jams and more.
"After speaking to vendors at the Springfield market this summer, it seemed clear that many would have produce and goods to offer past Labor Day," said Professor of History Tammy Proctor, a supporter of the Green Wittenberg Initiative. "We're really pleased that some of the Springfield vendors were willing to go beyond the normal farmer's market season in order to give students, as well as the larger community, a chance to sample their wares into September."
Parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Benham-Pence Student Center, at the corner of Ward Street and Fountain Avenue. The farmer's market will offer cash sales only.
Written by: Ryan Maurer