Market brings fresh produce to campus

While sifting through piles of bruised and limp vegetables at a grocery store is nearly unavoidable in the winter, Indiana University of Pennsylvania students and community members have access to locally grown food at the Indiana County Farmers’ Market in the summer and fall.

The market only allows vendors from Indiana County and counties immediately neighboring the county. Because of this, everything sold at the market supports the economy of the immediate area and has traveled only a short distance before reaching the hands of customers.

At this farmers’ market, customers will find not only produce, but also meats, eggs, baked goods, dairy foods such as cheese and ice cream, homemade soaps, potted plants and flowers.

On Aug. 23, Alissa Walker (sophomore, fine arts) visited the farmers market with her roommate and was so pleased that she plans on returning.

“One of the vendors gave my roommate a bouquet of sunflowers for free,” Walker said. “The man was so kind, and the flowers are absolutely beautiful, so we are both going back Saturday to buy some more.”

Chloe Drew, of Indiana County Farmers’ Market public relations, explained the advantages for students of the Farmers’ Market.

“Especially with our new Wednesday location – we moved there this season – we are very close to campus and offer a healthy community experience, as well as delicious fresh foods, twice a week,” Drew said.

Every Wednesday, the Indiana County Farmers’ Market is open from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and is located along Wayne Avenue, across from the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

On Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., the farmers market is located along Eighth Street and Church Street in the parking lot behind S&T Bank.