Purdue Farmers Market coming to campus

May 2, 2011

Alice Kelso, estimator and designer for in-house project management at Purdue, sells fruits, vegetables and other products with her husband at the Purdue Farmers Market and other local markets. The Purdue Farmers Market returns this year on May 12. (Photo provided)

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The Purdue Farmers Market will return this spring to offer fruits, vegetables and other goods for sale every Thursday starting May 12.

The market originally was scheduled to return on May 5, but the date changed to May 12.

The market will last until Oct. 27 and will be held at the corner of Sheetz and Wood streets, just west of the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center. The hours are from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

Local Indiana growers and merchants will be at the market, which is sponsored by Purdue Physical Facilities. Items expected at the market include fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams and jellies, fresh kettle-popped corn, homemade crafts, and annual and perennial plants.

 "My favorite part of the market is getting to see so many different people in a different atmosphere where folks are relaxed," says Alice Kelso, estimator and designer for in-house project management at Purdue. "I get to share cooking methods, recipes and foods."

Kelso's husband, Pat Boyd, is a vendor at the Purdue Farmers Market and is also involved in other local markets. It is their third year at the Purdue market selling fruits, vegetables and other products grown at their Mt. Gilboa Garden Farm.
Kelso said meats, eggs and other items are sold at the market, and this year local farm-raised shrimp will be available at times.

"I think that a lot of people today have become accustomed to buying everything prepackaged, so they don't really know what some vegetables really taste like," Kelso says. "The produce here hasn't lost its flavor."

The number of growers and amount of produce on a given day depends on the natural progression of the growing season. There will be foods like lettuce, spinach, radishes and other spring crops, but don't expect to find sweet corn in May, Kelso says.

More information about the Purdue Farmers Market is available at www.purdue.edu/physicalfacilities/farmersmarket.htm.

The farmers market on campus will complement other markets that operate in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Those markets and their hours:

* Lafayette Farmers Market. Open 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays from May through October on Fifth Street between Main and Columbia streets in downtown Lafayette. More information about the Lafayette Farmers Market, including a produce calendar indicating what's in season each month, is at www.lafayettefarmersmarket.com.
* Sagamore West Farmers Market. Open 3-6:30 Wednesdays from May 4 through Oct. 26 at Cumberland Park on Salisbury Street, West Lafayette. More information about the West Lafayette market is at www.westlafayette.in.gov/department/division.php?fDD=8-164.