May 16, 2014
Mary Catherine Gaston, Auburn University College of Agriculture
AUBURN, Ala., — The Market at Ag Heritage Park, Auburn University’s open-air farmers market, is now open Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. through Aug. 21. The market is located near the intersection of South Donahue and Lem Morrison drives.
The Market at Ag Heritage Park offers locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as other locally produced items, such as honey, goat cheese, cut flowers and baked goods. In addition, the market often includes educational displays and the work of local artists. Once in full swing later in the season, it will feature 20 to 30 vendors each week.
Laura Herring, market manager, says the Market at Ag Heritage Park offers an opportunity to support local farmers while preserving a connection to the university’s agricultural heritage.
“Since we opened in 2005, we’ve been providing the Auburn community access not only to fresh, healthy, locally grown products, but also to the people who produce them,” Herring said. “A trip to the market is a positive, uplifting experience for our customers and our vendors and has become a favorite summertime activity in the area.”
Also this season, on the third Thursday of each month, market-goers can head to campus an hour early to explore the Auburn University Medicinal Plant Collection, located off Woodfield Drive across from the Plant Science Research Center. From 2 to 3 p.m., garden manager Tia Gonzales will be leading tours through the 35-plant collection, offering information about the medicinal properties of and tips on growing each plant. For details, email email@example.com.
The Market at Ag Heritage Park is hosted by the Auburn University College of Agriculture. For more information, visit ag.auburn.edu/themarket or contact Herring at 334- 321-1603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.