Local Farmers Set up Market at Darden

29/10/2009

Vendors from Charlottesville's famous City Market will set up shop on Grounds again today in the Flagler Courtyard at the Darden School of Business. The local farmers and artisans will offer their organic, locally-grown fruits, vegetables and breads to the Darden community from 4:30–6:30 p.m.

The Darden Community Farmers Market is organized by the Darden Student Association, in conjunction with the Darden chapter of Net Impact, an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

The market will include four vendors—Appalachia Star Farm, George Cason Fruits and Vegetables, Bybee Country Bakery and Family Ties N Pies— from the Charlottesville City Market, which is an open-air farmers market held downtown on Saturday mornings from April through December.

Business was brisk at the opening market at Darden last Thursday, as students, faculty and staff lined up for tomatoes, squash, apple butter, freshly baked French loaves and homemade salsa.

“The baker sold out of bread in an hour!” said Second Year student Tack Richardson, organizer of the event.

A five-week pilot project, the market will occur every Thursday through November 19.

“Charlottesville has a lot of great farms,” said Richardson. “My hope is that the Market continues to be a great community event where Darden students can support local farmers and learn about the local food movement.”

Founded in 1955, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business improves society by developing principled leaders in the world of practical affairs.

For additional information, contact communication@darden.virginia.edu.

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