Farmers' Markets

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If you are still interested in setting up a farmers' market on your university or college campus please do email us at studentseats@nus.org.uk and we can share some useful resource and good practice with you. 

What is a farmers’ market?

Farmers’ markets are really adaptable food enterprises. They don't even have to be called farmer's markets, you may prefer to call it a 'food market' or a 'produce market'.  A market can also be used as an opportunity to promote societies or even to link in with other regular university or college events. However you decide to set up your market, we recommend starting off small with perhaps just a handful of stalls once a term.

Essentially a farmers' market is a place on campus where students and staff, as well as members of the public, have the opportunity to buy fresh locally produced food. The added bonus is everyone can meet the food producers to discover exactly where their food has come from.

Why set up a farmers’ market?

Good for you, good for your institution, good for your community

  • Provides real-life experience of setting up and running a business.
  • Enhances employability skills – leadership, teamwork, planning.
  • A great way for emerging student enterprises and societies to market their products.
  • Potential income generation for your students’ union or society.
  • Fresh affordable food for students, staff and members of the public.
  • Raises awareness about the importance of buying sustainable food.
  • Supports the local economy and community partnerships.