By GRETCHEN GREGORY
ATHENS – The Athens Farmers Market is now open two days a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays – but Ohio University graduate student Tracy Kelly believes many students, faculty and staff may not appreciate the role of sustainable living within the Athens community.
Kelly, who is president of OU Graduate Student Senate and chairperson of the Center for Student Legal Services’ Board of Directors, is hoping to change that by organizing a mini farmers market on the campus of OU on Friday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“I’m hoping that the mini-market event will help expose some of these individuals to healthy activities and local businesses to which they were previously unaware,” she said.
The event will be held at Howard Park, located beside College Green on the Union Street Side, and local vendors will be selling fresh produce, plants, and homemade food items.
The idea behind the event is to foster support of local businesses and highlight the unique qualities that the Athens food community has to offer.
“I would love to encourage students and visiting faculty/staff to invest in our community and recognize their role as stewards,” Kelly said.
A similar event held in September featured Bungtown Foods, Athens Chocolate, Tillis Highland Farm, Dale’s Creations, Casa Nueva, Starline Organics, Sarah’s Sweets, Sticky Pete’s Maple Syrup, Shagbark Mill, Integration Acres, Beads N’ Things, Gillogly Orchard, Sassafras Farm, Jeff Latta Pumpkins and Laurel Valley Farm.
“Hopefully with the continued support of local vendors, we can get the message about local produce and sustainability to new segments of the OU community and encourage these individuals to explore the possibilities that Athens has to offer,” Kelly added.
Vending at the event is free, and a few remaining spots are open if any local businesses are interested. To contact Tracy Kelly, call 740-215-3917 or email email@example.com.