Ursinus students have been in the forefront of the start up of the new Collegeville Farmer’s Market, a partnership with the community, which will open April 30. Students in Environmental Studies classes have prepared for the late April launch of the Market, a project of the Borough of Collegeville Main Street Program, which will provide locally grown, fresh food. Students in the classes, “Food, Society and the Environment,” and “Environmental Issues” developed a layout for the site and developed criteria for selecting vendors, and created a marketing program and an activities plan. An Environmental Studies major, Julia Bull 2011 (Pictured) was just hired as the Farmer’s Market Manager. “Students played substantial roles,” said Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Richard Wallace.
The market will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot behind the gas station at 460 E. Main St. A “Special Early Spring Market” will open April 30, and will offer bedding plants, early spring vegetables and year-round items (poultry, meats, eggs, cheese, honey, homemade and prepared food products, baked goods, crafts, etc.). A Grand Opening is tentatively scheduled for June18, with about 20 local farmers/vendors participating.
That market will include virtually all fruits in season, and all vegetables in season, a range of baked goods, cheeses and dairy products, local wines, jams, jellies, fruit butter, honey, herb vinegars and other home-made food products, fresh flowers and herbs, bedding plants, cage-free fresh eggs, organically grown poultry and products (sausage, burgers, pot pies, etc.), grass fed beef, pastured pork, grass fed lamb, and prepared food, including soups, salsa, homemade caramel corn and flavored popcorn, fudge, gourmet teas, and candles, soaps and crafts.
The market will remain open throughout the summer and fall, with the last market day being the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 19th, 2011. Additionally, there will be entertainment for adults and activities for children, and hope to foster a sense of community and encourage people to linger.