Associated Students’ Farmers Market Promotes Local Produce Approach

  • An Associated Students' Farmer Market goer forages through a pile of fresh avocados. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Hundreds gather at the weekly Associated Student's Farmers Market, located on Lindley Avenue. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting Sept. 1. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Fresh oranges, pears and grapefruits are laid out in barrels at one of the Associated Students' Farmers Market vendors. Photo by Lee Choo.

Looking for local, fresh produce? The Associated Students’ Farmers Market is a great place to get your fill of greens, bread and even pupusas right on the California State University, Northridge campus.

The weekly market is opening for its second year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and will be located on Lindley Avenue across from the University Student Union.

Heather Cairns, director of administrative services for The University Corporation, said the Associated Students’ Farmers Market was a dream for decades that finally came to fruition during the 2014–2015 school year.

“I have been here for 20 years — the concept of a farmers market has come up numerous times,” she said. “The former AS president [Tiffany Zaich] did a lot of homework before she brought the idea up to the table again.”

The market will feature live music from CSUN’s marimba band and independent vendors with bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, lunch options and crafts.

Leanne Vincent, manager for student leadership and productions, worked closely with Zaich before she finished her term. Vincent said the hard work of AS to make the market available for the campus community brought the campus closer together.

“I’m really proud of the student body for putting the idea up,” she said. “It’s proof of why having students involved is so important. If we find a way to hear each other, [things like the Farmers Market] can happen.”

For more information about the Associated Students’ Farmers Market, go to or call the Division of Student Affairs at (818) 677-2391.

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