Students hoping to avoid Kraft Dinner at their kitchen table can now do their grocery shopping at a new weekly farmers market on the Dalhousie University campus in Halifax.
The Dalhousie Student Union launched it in September and it’s proving a big hit with students, faculty and other staff. It features fresh, organic food straight from the farm.
“We hear a lot of times from students that market food is too expensive, it's too far away, it's inconvenient,” organizer Laurelle Birk said.
“We basically thought that there was a gap missing between local, organic good food and students' knowledge around it.”
Every Wednesday, the student union has fresh vegetables delivered to campus, each time from a different farm.
Volunteer students serve as cashiers. The food is usually priced below what it costs at the grocery store or the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market.
“It's much more convenient,” said customer Devin Crooas. “I live 10 minutes from school and I can just come here and get whatever local produce I like. It's great.”
Profits are plowed back into the market, to pay for things such as signs and scales. Last week, it brought in $1,200.
Students also make pottery and bread for sale.
Many would like to see the market open year-round, although that will depend on bringing in more baked goods.