The Purdue Farmers Market, organized by the Office of University Sustainability in collaboration with Greater Lafayette Commerce, is open May–October, every Thursday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Memorial Mall in the heart of campus. Our goal is to popularize healthy eating among the Purdue community, forge links with local small business owners, and encourage a general culture of sustainable living on campus. In 2012, we had as many as 13 different vendors exhibiting their fare weekly, including different kinds of locally grown and organic fruits, vegetables, meats, flowers, as well as freshly prepared lunches. We raised that number to 23 different vendors by the end of the 2014 season.
We have encouraged the presence of student organizations and brought in entertainment, to ensure a fun, community-building experience. One of our most successful partnerships was with the Purdue University Cycling Club (PUCC) to develop a Bike Tent at the Farmers Market. PUCC members staffed the tent, talking with market visitors, handing out copies of a Campus Bike Map, and providing free bicycle repairs for the campus community. Over the 2012 season, we carried out around 43 bike repairs per market day. Student groups like Full Circle Agriculture at Purdue (FCAP) and the Boiler Green Initiative (BGI) have also reached out to visitors at the market. On the entertainment front, you can come by and watch local singers, student music organizations like the Purduettes, and even ride the Boilermaker Special train, as they visit the market throughout the season.
The Purdue Farmer’s Market moved locations from Centennial Mall to the Memorial Mall before the 2014 season. The new location provides a more centralized location to the heart of campus as well as provides a large open area for individuals to enjoy the nice summer weather with their locally grown food.
The Farmer’s Market is finished for this season. The market will be back in late May - early June 2016. Stop by then and enjoy the nice summer weather, fresh food, and convenient OUS picnic tables!