Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-10-07

Hundreds of Samford University employees and students learned more about the source of the veggies they enjoy in the campus cafeteria and at home during a Farmer’s Market Thursday, Oct. 7.

The purpose of the on-campus event, sponsored by the Samford Student Dietetic Association, was to spotlight area farmers and promote sustainable and community supported agriculture. 

Six vendors, including Jones Valley Urban Farm organic food supplier, showcased their fresh-from-the-farm produce in Ben Brown Plaza. Interest was brisk, as customers left with bags of fresh tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, many other vegetables and bouquets of fall flowers. And, just in time for Jack-o-Lantern making, colorful, perfectly formed pumpkins.

The market was a “tremendous success,” said dietetic association faculty advisor Dr. Pat Terry.

“This was a win-win for everybody: the vendors who grow the food, as well as for the people who learned more about healthful eating and where their food comes from,” she said. “It’s all about connecting people to their farmers.”

The vendors who were present all supply vegetables that are used in the Samford cafeteria.

Vendors included Kress Farms, Haynes Farm, McKenzie Farm, Produce Specialist and Regional Produce. The latter was represented by several individual farmers, including two who came from Cullman County in north Alabama, and one who left his Baldwin County home in south Alabama at 3 a.m. to drive his produce to the Samford event.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.