Pie themed market in honor of March 14 will feature old favorites and a host of new sellers
Every Spring semester since 2011, warmer weather has signaled yet another outdoor event: the CNU Farmers Market. Located on the York Strip Thursday afternoons, vendors gather to sell their goods and students perform for a crowd of students, faculty and community-members.
Opening March 14, the first farmer’s market will host 23 vendors selling produce, prepared food, desserts and other products ranging from artwork to clothes. From 3-6 p.m., the ‘Pi Day’ themed event will have a pie eating contest and extra desserts to celebrate the day.
Without the work and preparation from the Farmers Market club, the event would be nonexistent.
The club has gathered 23 vendors, drawing from their regulars since the first market in 2011 and new sellers they have recruited over the past year.
President of Farmers Market club and sophomore Jacqueline Gillespie has facilitated the preparation for the season since last year.
With a mostly new Executive Board staff, members have taken it upon themselves for active recruiting and brainstorming.
“We were really hoping for food trucks this semester, and we have a few new ones, which I’m really excited about,” Gillespie said. “They tend to do best and we always try to find vendors that we know will succeed.”
Market-goers will likely recognize Pelicans Sno Balls and Rocking RC Pizza from previous seasons, creating a pleasant aroma to accompany music and chatter.
A variety of student performers are scheduled to sing and play their instruments in front of the DSU this year. As another way to involve and promote student involvement, the club considers performance opportunities for all interested talent.
Later in the semester, the club hosts ‘Night Market’ in the evening, usually featuring student vendors selling their art and various products. Expressing enthusiasm for the event, Gillespie enjoys planning this night in particular.
“I’m actually seeing an increase in students starting their own businesses and a lot of people selling their art and I love seeing what CNU students are doing,” Gillespie said.
~Kristen Ziccarelli, A&E Editor~