Community Garden Farm Stand

10 Aug

On the last Friday in July I hosted my first Community Garden farm stand in the Campus Center (CC).  I was a bit nervous about hosting the farm stand on my own, but everyone who passed by had, at the very least, a smile for me.  Holding the stand over lunch time meant that there were many people passing through the CC.  I was greeted by Smith School for Social Work students, construction workers from the Cutter-Ziskind renovation, some older folks visiting campus, fancy ladies from some event in the Carroll Room and, of course, my fellow Smithies.  It was really nice to chat with people as they slowed down to read my sign on their way into the Café or as they headed out on their way to Chapin Lawn.

CC farm stand (1)
Claire and the garden stand sign.

The main thing that people commented on was how beautiful the veggies looked.  That day I was selling cherry tomatoes, carrots (some purple, some orange), swiss chard, and beets.  The cherry tomatoes and the carrots were quite popular and sold relatively easily.  The swiss chard and beets were harder to sell.  One of my friends bought some swiss chard to make herself dinner -but only because I had already convinced her of its deliciousness.  Many others said that the beets were cute or pretty but only one person actually ended up buying any.

CC farm stand (2)
In sales mode.

It was really satisfying to sell the (literal) fruits of my labor and the labor of the other volunteers.  Making people happy with food was a very positive experience for me.  I love it when volunteers who help in the garden take veggies because I know it will be getting eaten and I know that it’s a great reward for their effort that will keep them coming back.  But there was something even nicer about bringing the garden produce into the beating heart of campus, the CC, and sharing it with even more people.  Nearly everyone who stopped at the stand knew of the Community Garden and seemed especially happy to know that the veggies they were buying were grown on campus.  It doesn’t get much more local than this!

I will continue to hold farm stands in the CC or on Chapin Deck from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays through the end of the summer. I hope to see you there!

-Claire Adams ‘16

Summer Manager, Smith Community Garden

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