Southeastern students to sponsor farmers markets throughout spring semester

Monday, February 13, 2017
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND - The Southeastern Louisiana University student organization Reconnect will sponsor a series of farmers markets throughout the spring semester, with the first on February 15 in the Student Union breezeway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Tentative dates for the others are March 8, March 22 and April 5. Each will feature locally grown produce, arts and crafts, and fresh prepared foods, such as honey, cheese and baked goods. Vendors include Covey Rise Farms, Berry Hill Farms, and various independent artisans.
     “We want to support the local economy by promoting area farmers and artisans,” said Reconnect President Jessica Bell, a sophomore sociology major. “For us, it’s all about promoting awareness of the importance of buying and eating locally grown food, rather than food grown thousands of miles away.”
     Student vendors are encouraged to participate in the markets by emailing Reconnect at Tables are provided at no charge.
     A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.

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