University Farmers’ Market should supply local and organic
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 23:09
Kyra Isaacs said it best in the Farmers’ Market article on page 1 of this issue of The Review: “A farmers’ market is somewhere I can buy fresh, local veggies at a low price.” The Mentor’s Circle farmers’ market offers food from 21 farms, of which 17 are outside of Delaware. Most of the food being sold is not advertised as organic because most of it is not in fact organic—nor is it local.
We don’t consider New Jersey, Virginia or North Carolina to be local, and would expect the university to be more eager to extend opportunities to local farmers in Delaware communities like Greenville, Bear and Middletown.
As a large part of the Delaware community, the university should take interest in the local economy. Reaching out exclusively to local farmers to give them opportunities to sell their produce is a great way to not only stimulate the local economy but also bring our community together, educate people on where their food comes from and reduce expenses and fossil fuel emissions created by the need to transport out-of-season produce across the country.
To call a place that sells non-local, non-organic produce a “farmers’ market” is misleading to consumers because of the associations with the term. The idea of a farmers’ market that caters to students is great, but in order to consider the interests of the community as well as students, the university would do better to work with truly local farmers.