BU hosts Friday farmers market

For immediate release: Aug. 27, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Local fruits, vegetables, meats and bread products will be available each Friday in September at the Farmers Market at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. The market will be set up Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the campus’ Laubach Drive, next to Ben Franklin Hall, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the student environmental organization Helping Our Planet Earth (HOPE).

Forks Farm Sponsored by BU’s Green Campus Initiative and the SOLVE volunteer office, the farmers market is an outgrowth of last April’s Earth Day tours of Forks Farm, Orangeville, and Dancing Hen Farm, Stillwater, said Jeff Brunskill, assistant professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences.

Like the tours, the farmers market will introduce students to sustainability issues and reinforce principles discussed in classes, such as Environmental Issues and Choices.

“We were looking for ways to promote local farmers and products on campus,” he said. “Locally produced foods are good for the local economy and for the environment, minimizing the amount of storage space and fuel needed. We hope the farmers market also will provide students a better understanding of the sources of the foods they eat.”

These Columbia and Montour county vendors will participate in the Farmers Market at Bloomsburg University: Columbia County Bread, Dancing Hen Farm, Forks Farm, Nut Creek Farm, Rohrbach’s Farm and S. Bowes Farm. The SOLVE office will provide free coffee to patrons who supply their own mugs.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.