Farmers Market brings fresh food and activities to campus – The Sunflower


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Brook Guy walked into the Shocker dining room for lunch and came out with plans for dinner.

On October 6, Wichita State Dining Services participated in the Joy-ful Fall Festival, hosting a farmers market in the dining hall. The market attracted five local vendors who brought everything from coffee, flowers and produce to henna tattoos and pink hair extensions.

Guy, a senior in strategic communications and corporate marketing, received a tote bag from the market and filled it with produce such as turmeric, garlic, tomatoes, herbs, rosemary and more .

“Because of this, [my friends and I are] going to organize a rosemary and tomato soup with games and fruit for dessert,” Guy said. “Everything happens because it was today.”

Kelly Linenberger, Senior Director of Marketing for WSU Dining Services, helped with efforts to bring local, sustainable items to students. The market is the largest farmer’s market in the country, with over 300 participating campuses. The Farmer’s Market is part of the Joy-ful campaign.

“It’s just about connecting students and our college community over food and, sometimes, a few extra treats,” Linenberger said.

Linenberger said they had done a farmer’s market in the past, but this one was bigger.

“We always want to do things that students love,” Linenberger said.

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