UMass Amherst Dining Services Supports Local Farmers with New Farmers’ Market on Campus

AMHERST, Mass. – Dining Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is expanding its commitment to locally grown produce by making it available at a farmers’ market on campus each Thursday and Friday until late November. Located in the Campus Center concourse outside the Bluewall Cafe, the market is open from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The market will feature fresh fruit and produce from Cold Spring Orchard in Belchertown, the farms of Stan Kielbasa in Amherst and Joe Czajkowski in Hadley, local honey from Warm Colors Apiary in Deerfield, breads and rolls from the Old School Bakery in Northampton and maple syrup from the North Hadley Sugar Shack. The market will also have local milk available from Mapleline Farm in Hadley. UMass students and staff will operate the market.

“We are delighted to have a farmers’ market on campus,” says Ken Toong, director of dining and retail services. “This is another step we are taking in our commitment to support the local farmers. Right now, more than 20 percent of the produce used by Dining Services comes from local farmers, and our goal is to boost that to 25 percent within two years.”

The Farmers’ Market is open to the faculty, staff, students as well as the public, and the products will be priced competitively, Toong says.