The Wayne State Farmers Market returned to campus in June after a year-long hiatus.
The hiatus ensued following a transfer in management from SEED Wayne to WSU's Office of Campus Sustainability and the Center for Health and Community Impact and a decline in patrons in 2016 due to construction projects.
The market’s new location is the greenspace on the corner of Woodward and Warren, increasing its visibility to the WSU community; the large space allows for additional visitors and vendors.
With the limited accessibility to grocery stores in midtown, the market makes it easier for WSU students to purchase fresh produce.
Morgan Caudill, a WSU senior in the School of Social Work, went to the market for the first time when it reopened this summer.
“I highly recommend it. There’s lots of stuff to get like fresh fruits, plants and coffee,” Caudill said.
WSU students and faculty are offered a discount at the market, which is open to the public. Every Wednesday, the first 100 WSU staff members and 25 WSU students who show their OneCards will receive $5 toward the purchase of produce.
Caudill said that she found the student advantage to be very helpful.
In addition to tents selling groceries, a slew of food trucks park down Warren Avenue when the market is open, offering quick bites of international cuisine.
Midtown resident Sarah Whitney unexpectedly saw the market at its new location and had to stop by.
“I love the food trucks and I’m not a student at [WSU], but I saw it as I was driving past the DIA and had to check it out,” Whitney said.
Emma Williams, a WSU alumna, attended the market with a friend. Williams said she feels the market brings WSU students and the surrounding Detroit community together.
“I was only there for about an hour and saw five or six people I knew, and started a good conversation with two strangers,” Williams said.
The WSU Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Oct. 31.