August 30, 2013
The greater Albion community enjoyed a sunny and tasty introduction to Albion College's 2013-2014 Year of Sustainability with the College Farmers' Market on Thursday, August 29. Held on Hannah Street between East Cass and East Erie streets, local vendors offered a variety of fresh produce, meats, honey, and non-food goods and crafts.
The market also featured a number of small-farm and organic food suppliers to Bon Appétit, Albion College’s dining services provider. These vendors—including Williams Farm, The Brinery, Grampa's Pasties and Pies, The Perennial Connection, Sweet Seasons Orchard, Earth Suds, Six Tail Farm and Hiday Farms—offer produce, meat and cheeses produced within a 150-mile radius of Albion. Among the participating organizations and individuals connected to the College were the Albion College Student Farm, Wildcat Gardens, and Ellen and Thom Wilch, professor of geology.
Albion College’s Farmers' Market served as the opening event celebrating the College’s Year of Sustainability. Throughout 2013-14, speakers, events, service opportunities and other activities will engage the campus and community in examining a variety of issues related to the theme year. Following the Farmers' Market, September will be devoted to food; October programs will address water, while November programs will examine shelter.