UPC, K-State groups bring farmer’s market to Bosco Plaza

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Students cheer for UPC members Nelson Pence, senior in entrepreneurship, and Zach Bailey, senior in entrepreneurship as they put on a performance during the K-State Farmer's Market in Bosco Plaza on March 31, 2016. (Emily Lenk | The Collegian)

The Union Program Council and various K-State students and groups hosted a farmer’s market in Bosco Plaza Thursday afternoon.

Students and groups manned tables where they sold homemade, handmade and homegrown wares, such as fresh produce, fresh-cut flowers, baked goods and more. This student farmer’s market was the first held by UPC in Bosco Plaza, according to Hannah Vu, junior in public relations and UPC community co-chair.

The event was rescheduled from Wednesday to Thursday, due to predictions of rain for Wednesday, according to a tweet sent out by UPC Wednesday afternoon.

“On Wednesday it said that in the forecast, it was supposed to rain all day, so at 3-4 p.m. the day before, we decided to to make a rain call and let everybody know before they started making plans for the next day,” Vu said.

Jessica Davis, sophomore in milling science, said the farmer’s market was a way for students to allow others to become aware of and enjoy their work. As a milling science student, Davis said her group was selling different flours, which most people were likely unaware of before the group appeared at the farmer’s market.

“I’m excited because I think we make a good product and it’s a good way to get more people to know about it because it’s kind of obscure,” Davis said. “It’s kind of getting ourselves out there as a club and getting to meet other people.”

Vu said holding the farmer’s market in Bosco Plaza helped make it more attractive to other students on campus as potential customers.

“Bosco Plaza is a more centralized location, where people come through from different parts of campus, so I feel like everybody would be able to walk by and see what the farmer’s market is all about,” Vu said.

Emma Ware, freshman in athletic training and visitor to the farmer’s market, said the market caught the attention of herself and some friends as something interesting to check out in their free time.

“We were just walking around and it’s cold and we needed something to do, so we’re here, and it’s nice and it’s just cute,” Ware said. “I think if they have more events like this in the future, it could be even bigger and more people could participate, and I think it’s nice to have the whole community out and doing this.”

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