by Elizabeth Welz
Sodexo, in collaboration with Center for Student Missions (CSM), hosted a farmer’s market last Wednesday, September 9 on the west side of Scholl Hall. Students, faculty, and staff all had the opportunity to shop at the market between the times of 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“(The farmers market) allows residents who don’t have the means for transportation to buy the produce they need,” said senior Jermeen El-Zabet.
The event offered students the chance to buy a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables on Benedictine grounds. Some of the produce was recognizable like sweet potatoes, apples, grapes, and broccoli. While others were ones that many faculty, staff, and students were not used to seeing. This included the spiky rambutan native to Southeast Asia.
“I really enjoyed the options they gave us and how inexpensive it was,” said senior Taylor Mikutis. “It was also cool how they had unique fruits there. I wish they had it more often on campus.”
Not only was the produce a hit, but the market also offered customers a chance to try their guacamole and salsa.
“The guacamole was very good. I wish I could’ve bought some,” said senior Carina Gomez.
Proceeds from the farmer’s market went to help fund the student organization, Center for Students Missions or CSM.
“I think it helps faculty, staff, and students in three different ways. It gets them outside, where we gather as a community,” said General Manager for Sodexo, Frank Budig. “We are able to offer great bargains. A lot of this produce just came from the market downtown. So it’s literally coming from the market to you guys; no middle men. Thirdly, it’s a great fundraiser for the CSM.”