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Friday, Oct 31, 2014

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Veggies will be available at the Mini Farmers Market

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Mini Farmers Market being held on Fridays this summer

Local vendors bring unique goods to campus


For the fifth consecutive year, the Ohio University Mini Farmers Market will give the University community an opportunity to purchase several local vendors' most unique items.

The sale will be held every other Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Howard Hall site at the corner of Union and College streets.

The next sale will take place on Friday May 2 and continue through the end of October.

The Mini Farmers Market features locally grown produce and items, including organic breads, jams/jellies, confections, coffees, teas and chocolates.

Some of the registered vendors include the Sassafras Farm, Herbal Sage Tea, Sarah's Sweets, No Bull Dog Treats, Herbavore Gardens, Dale's Creations, OU Fair Trade, Heather Irwin, Chesterhill Produce Auction and Peaceful by Nature.

The Mini Farmers Market is sponsored by The Campus Involvement Center (CIC), Off Campus Living and Community Service programs. It was originally created and sponsored in fall 2010 by Graduate Senate members.

Barb Harrison, assistant director of the CIC, said the market is a great chance for the University Community to become familiar with local products and it also gives students an opportunity to volunteer.
Harrison said the student volunteers will help vendors set up and break down their sales tables and also help them secure nearby parking.

"This market is a part of the University's community engagement and it's also important for the local vendors to get exposure on campus," Harrison said. "I hope the University community supports it even more this year."

All Mini Farmers Market proceeds go directly to the vendors and support sustainable agriculture, local businesses and the locovore movement. Everyone, including Ohio University faculty, staff and students, is welcome to participate as a vendor or buyer.

For more information or to sign up to participate, contact Barb Harrison at harrisob@ohio.edu.