Student-led market a hit with campus
young student eyeballs a head of fresh, green-leaf lettuce
while a few steps away, a professor selects the perfect
baguette for his evening's dinner. They're not at Barcelona's
famous La Boqueria or even San Francisco's Ferry Plaza Farmers
Market, they are at Sac State's Serna Plaza.
The ASI Farmers Market came to fruition last spring and its roots are
gaining strength. The idea for a campus farmers market originated at
an ASI board meeting. Biochemistry major Nielsen Gabriel ran with it
and it was one of the main platforms he used to win
last year's election for ASI president.
"I thought it was a pretty cool idea and I just
jumped into it," Gabriel says. "In the spring
of 2012 we had the first one and it wasn't the
biggest market. But I like to persist with things
and it kind of became my
"We hit some
roadblocks but we've
been able to successfully
initiate it. With enough
hard work and patience
it's become a
vegetables and baked goods on campus allows students easy access
to healthy foods at a fair price and builds bonds both on campus and
with others around Sacramento.
"It shows that we have an eye on the community and we're an
important part of Sacramento as a whole," Gabriel says.
After a series of successful markets over the summer, the ASI
Farmers Market already has a half-dozen vendors on board for the six
events this fall and more are sure to join. While it's not a permanent
fixture at Sac State, the future is promising.
"It's still a pilot program, but we recognize the campus certainly
values a market here," says Davin Brown, ASI's director of student
life and services. "There is a desire from
students to have healthier eating
options and they really value being
able to purchase fresh fruits and
vegetables right here on campus."
Sept. 19, Oct. 3,
Oct. 17, Oct. 31,
Nov. 14, Dec. 5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Serna Plaza
Free 30-minute parking
is available at
the Hornet Bookstore.
PRODUCE PRESENTATION— ASI President Nielsen Gabriel (right),
joined by Davin E. Brown (left) and Todd McPherson of Capay Organic
Farms, check out the variety of produce at a recent campus farmers
SAC STATE M AGA Z I N E | Fall 2013