USF Hosts First Farmers Market

After five years in the making, the USF Farmers Market has become a reality, offering fruits and vegetables.



By Daylina Miller

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (April 19, 2011) –  Apples glistened, still wet from watering, as they were lifted from cardboard crates onto the table. Baskets of various other fruits and vegetables were laid out on tables for students to pick through.


Welcome to the University of South Florida’s first farmers market.


After five years of planning, paperwork and red tape, members of the Food Activists Revolutionizing Meals (FARM) at USF were able to hold the market Tuesday at Sessum Mall, the area between Cooper Hall and the Burger King where the old Bulls Market was held.


Members of FARM include student organizations such as the Student Community Gardens and programs and departments such as the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and USF Office of Sustainability.


With nearly 400 Facebook RSVP’s and students lining up to buy fresh strawberries, tomatoes, honey and more, FARM considers the market a success.


“I’m so happy to see students so interested and to see so many people walking by,” said Melitza Pizarro, a communication sciences and disorders student and one of the FARM founders. “So many people on Facebook said they’d come and the campus tours are showing it off.”


This summer, the Student Community Gardens group will plant a garden on campus and produce from that will sold at future USF farmers markets. The USF Botanical Gardens also offers plots on a first come, first serve basis for students to grow their own fruits and vegetables.


Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.