Farmers' market new project for student farm

Farm depends on both market and dining services sales to function.

June 10--Plastic baskets brimming with freshly picked vegetables like beets, kale and turnips fill tables set up at the Sustainable Student Farm’s weekly Farmer’s Market at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

As shoppers pick through the produce, Sustainable Student Farm employees Patricia Kelly and Kaelyn Knoche, both sophomores in ACES, offer advice and answer questions. The farm, which is located about two miles southeast of campus, is a six-acre production farm established in 2009 by a grant from the Student Sustainability Committee, according to the farm’s website . The farm is funded largely by its sales to the University’s Dining Services as well as the Farmer’s Market, and also continues to receive funding from the SSC.
Barring bad weather, the Farmer’s Market, will be held every Thursday through October.