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Govanstowne Farmers' Market returns for third season

| By Nick Alexopulos
Govanstowne Farmers' Market

Loyola University Maryland and the York Road Partnership will host the third annual Govanstowne Farmers' Market on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. between June 5 and Sept. 11, 2013. The market will be located in the parking lot of Loyola's Transportation and Public Safety complex at 5104 York Rd.

Answering the call of neighbors who expressed a need for access to fresh, healthy food, the market will feature high-quality baked goods, dairy products, meat, eggs, produce, and more from a dozen Baltimore-area vendors including the Ferguson Family Farm, Shaw Orchards, and Dangerously Delicious Pies. Five craft vendors will also participate in the market this year.

Cash, credit and debit cards ($5 increments), EBT/Independence Cards ($1 increments), WIC, SFMNP, and FVC benefits will all be accepted as payment. In addition to foods for sale, guests will be able to pick up recipe cards that use ingredients found at the market.

Loyola students, faculty, and staff worked with Govans community members to create and organize the farmers' market as a project of Loyola's York Road Initiative, a collaborative effort to develop a plan to improve the quality of life for people living, working, and learning in the area. During "Loyola is Listening," members of the community identified the creation of a farmers' market as a No. 1 priority and an opportunity to partner with Loyola. Those same residents also recognized the need for a major grocery store in Govans, and the farmers' market will have the added benefit of generating data that may be used to recruit a grocery store to the area.

In 2012, vendors sold more than $4,000 in fruits and vegetables at the market by accepting federal, state, and local benefits. Because of this success, the United Way chose the market as a pilot program for researching food access in low-income areas.

A complete list of vendors and more information about this year's farmers' market is available on the Govanstowne Farmers' Market website. Questions from customers, vendors, and prospective vendors should be directed to Marie McSweeney at memcsweeney@loyola.edu or 410-617-5660.

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