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[UPDATE 3/5/13 10:39 AM: The tentative April date has been changed from April 3 to April 17.]

A demand for healthier and ecologically friendly eating prompted the Associated Students, Inc. to host California State University, Long Beach’s first-ever farmers’ market.


The ASI partnered with 49er Shops Inc. and LA City Farm to bring just under a dozen local farmers who will be selling fresh produce and healthy packaged foods on Wednesday, March 27* from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Student Recreation & Wellness Center plaza.


“I think a farmers’ market is important because we’ve been getting a lot of demand for this type of event,” said ASI Special Events Commissioner Chantal Stamp, who is coordinating the market. “Students have wanted healthier alternatives for food and they want to eat more sustainably, and I think it’s important to provide that for them.”


Along with an array of fruits and vegetables, the ASI Farmers’ Market will also provide free giveaways, music and reusable bags for the goodies students buy, Stamp said.


Reports have found farmers’ markets are ecologically superior to supermarkets, save shoppers money compared to supermarkets, and support local vendors that generally travel less than 50 miles to sell at markets.


A study by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont found that not only were conventional goods at farmers’ markets less expensive than in grocery stores, but far outpace supermarkets in savings for organic fare.


For more information on the ASI Farmers’ Market, contact Beach Pride Programs at (562) 985-2535.


*Tentative date. The possible rescheduled date is April 17.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 18:41

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