About the Market
The Market is a direct result of a student project in the Loyola's Solutions To Environmental Problems (STEP) Food Systems course. Conceptualized and planned by the students, the Market's goals are to:
- Increase access to fresh nutritious locally grown and produced foods to community members in a densely populated urban setting
- To contribute to Loyola's mission to serve those in need by providing a community gathering place where fresh, nutritious foods are affordable
- To support small growers that apply sustainable agriculture and land conservation practices
- To support small producers with entrepreneurial spirit
- Provide a place where all can purchase local and seasonal foods to support the "farm to plate" lifestyle
For more details, visit Loyola Farmers Market
Farmers' Market Prices Competitive With Grocery Store Chains
Are you interested in purchasing vine-ripened tomatoes directly from the farmer that grew them but worry that they'll stretch your budget just a little too uncomfortably? Think again. Emerging investigations are beginning to challenge the notion that produce purchased from Farmers' Markets is more expensive than their supermarket counterparts. Sometimes, consumers can even purchase better quality food for less at their local Farmers' Market. For more on the affordability of local food, check out a compelling blog post by New York Times and Washington Post writer, Barry Estabrook.
- Is Local Food More Expensive? A Consumer Price Perspective on Local and Non-Local Foods Purchased in Iowa
- Vermont Farmers' Markets and Grocery Stores: A Price Comparison
Learn more about farmers' markets and how they are shaping our local food movement. Check out the Farmers' Market Coalition. The Coalition offers a variety of educational opportunities, support, and news about farmers markets across the nation.
For more information on the market and how to get involved, please contact Gina Lettiere at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.508.8255.