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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

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Written by Alex Subic

As a student and a Guelphite, there are a number of things one simply has to experience during the years spent in this beautiful and eclectic city. This may mean catching an exhibit at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre or a foreign flick at the Bookshelf, stopping to admire the architecture and magnificence of the Church of our Lady, or trying out vegan cuisine for the first time at one of the many little restaurants located downtown. Of course, none of these may be on your personal list, so if you were to make up one, what places or events would it include?

If I may, I would like to put forward a suggestion for this hypothetical list – The Farmers Market, a place that has been at the heart of the core for many years now.

The Farmers Market is a tradition that brings together a thriving urban area and a rich small town atmosphere. It is open from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Saturdays and is located on Gordon Street at Waterloo Avenue. All you have to do is hop on a downtown bus and take the first stop before the overpass.

You can buy locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, poultry, cheese, eggs, honey homemade preserves and baked goods and as an added benefit, you support the hardworking Guelph-area farmers.

In addition, you can find some truly unique crafts and other homemade items. It’s great if you are one of those people that prefer to buy a pair of earrings you love and not see them on five other people on campus the same day.

On a more serious note, it’s a great place for non-profit organizations at the University to hold fundraisers and raise awareness on different issues. Recently I was at the market and UofG students were promoting the “Make Poverty History” campaign -- it is so amazing that other community members could also see what students are involved in and what is happening on campus.

Now, you might still say, “Who would want to get up before noon on a Saturday morning?” Well, you’d be surprised at how many of your friends you’ll see there!

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