Southeastern students to sponsor farmers markets all spring

Monday, March 6, 2017
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University student organization Reconnect is hosting a series of farmers markets throughout the spring semester, with the first on March 8 in front of the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Tentative dates for the others are March 22 and April 5. Each will feature locally grown produce, arts and crafts, and freshly prepared foods such as honey and cheese. Vendors include Covey Rise Farms, Berry Hill Farms, and various independent artisans.
     “We want to promote supporting a local economy by promoting local 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 locally grown food, rather than food that is grown thousands of miles away and eating sustainably.”
     Student vendors are encouraged to participate in the markets by emailing Reconnect at A table is 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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