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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 16, 2013

Northwest to host inaugural Vegetable Festival farmer’s market

By Kari Sierks, media relations assistant

Northwest Missouri State University Campus Dining will sponsor its inaugural Vegetable Festival, featuring produce vendors and specialty and educational booths.

Open to all University students, employees and community members, the Vegetable Festival will be 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion.

The festival will feature booths from Northwest departments and organizations including the Department of Agricultural Sciences, landscape and sustainability, Wellness Services, and the Department of Health and Human Services as well as local farmers and vendors.

Local organic skin care products, specialized herbal teas and body products, face painters, quilts and fabric paints, flower vendor, a honey farmer and a beef vendor with local beef products are just some of the anticipated vendors for the festival.

Co-sponsor Hy-Vee will have a produce booth. The store’s produce manager and dietician also will be in attendance.

A local band will perform throughout the event, and Northwest landscaping and sustainability coordinators Travis Stokes and John Viau will give recycling and arboretum tours.

Admission to the event is free. Each person who attends will receive a passport with biographies about each vendor and may be entered into a drawing at the end of the festival.

Ashley Cadenhead, Northwest Campus Dining’s sustainability coordinator, said the event will be more than a typical farmer’s market. Educational farmer’s markets are becoming more common for Universities to host due to an increased sustainability emphasis. More campuses are working to reduce their carbon footprints and enhance environmental awareness.

“The goal of this event is to create awareness and educate people about the environmental and health benefits of eating and purchasing locally grown foods and products,” Cadenhead said.

To reserve a booth or for more information contact Cadenhead at 660.562.1252 or by email at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468