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Farm Fresh on Campus

BU’s Farmers Market returns to GSU Plaza today

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Buy locally. Stop by the BU Farmers Market for fresh produce every Thursday through October.

There’s nothing like a tomato fresh off the vine. The combination of powerful flavor and vibrant color evokes the farm where it was grown, making every bite a picturesque adventure.

Sponsored by BU Dining Services, the BU Farmers Market returns to campus this afternoon after eight long, dreary winter months. Featuring locally grown and produced goods from Lanni Orchards in Lunenburg, Gold Meadow Farms in Rhode Island, and Big Sky Bakery in Brookline, plus market-day specials inside the GSU, the market is a seasonal favorite.

What’s so special about locally grown produce, you ask? It’s fresher, for starters, and usually healthier — for you and for the environment, because farmers growing on a local scale can use fewer pesticides (and less gas to truck produce to faraway markets). What’s more, when you buy locally, you’re directly supporting the small producers in your community.

Come to the GSU Plaza every Thursday afternoon this summer and into the fall and support local farmers, small businesses, and craftspeople and at the same time enjoy some fresh, simple goodness. The Farmers Market is scheduled for Thursdays at 775 Commonwealth Ave., from noon to 4 p.m., until October 29. This week’s participants include Urban Kitchen, from Boston, and the Cozy Tea Cart, from New Hampshire, and to cart home all those delicious fruits and veggies, shopping bags made from recycled materials by F Rock, from Boston.

Devon Maloney can be reached at devon.maloney@gmail.com.

2 Comments

2 Comments on Farm Fresh on Campus

  • Anonymous on 06.25.2009 at 8:46 am

    A small step

    Does the Market have anything to do with the Farm to School program? I don’t see BU on the current list of local colleges and universities preferentially buying local foods. http://www.mass.gov/agr/markets/Farm_to_school/schools_purchasing_local.pdf. It would be nice to know if BU has any involvement with Farm to School or if it has any plans to.

    The Farmers Market may be a good resource for the small fraction of the BU community with an understanding of the benefits of buying local foods, and the wherewithal to do so. However, in the grand scheme of what BU could be doing to support community agriculture the Farmers Market is a token gesture. It is a small step in the right direction. It would be better to hear about more systemic measures undertaken by BU (are there any?) to both support local food ways and to promote healthy eating.

  • Anonymous on 06.25.2009 at 9:45 am

    Surprisingly, they’re doing a lot more than you would think to support local food because of the Dining Hall Sustainability Director Kelly Dunn. But obviously, still not nearly enough.

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