Liberty University’s Farmers Market

LU’s the place for Food, Fashion and Friends for three year running!

Cailin McNamara // May 8, 2016

Liberty University hosts its Farmer’s Market for its third season featuring over 20 different vendors.

Starting in 2014, the Liberty Farmers Market was created to help promote local economy and help networking between farmers and artisans with the Liberty University family, along with the Lynchburg locals. This market has helped bring the community together in a fun, creative and tasty way.

You can grab a spot for free in the Doc’s parking lot every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 o’clock to showoff your business. The vendors range from local produce, coffee and doughnuts to crafts and jewelry.

Liberty’s very own Morris Campus Farm brings their fresh produce and other farm products to sell. You can find seasonal crops such as kale, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, green beans, lettuce, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, squash, and a variety of herbs. They also offer pastured, non-GMO chicken and eggs.

When it comes to prepared food, Uprooted seems to be everyone’s favorite. This unique food truck offers fresh, organic, local food. Some of the favorites are the Farm Burger with a side of their homemade fries, along with their Jerk Chicken Tacos with a side of homemade potato chips. Owner Jessica Gonzalez said that along with bringing healthy food to Lynchburg, she also wanted to help bring awareness to how important clean eating is.

Bringing awareness and assisting in getting organic foods to students seems to be the big idea to all the food vendors. Getting healthy food into the peoples diets so it isn’t just a constant consumption of chemicals.

Not only does Liberty’s Farmers Market offer yummy foods, but homemade arts and crafts are a big part of the its success. Gramma Darla’s Shop, started by Forest, VA, very own Gramma Darla, sells homemade knitted “cute things.” Headbands, dishtowels and potholders are only the beginning of the plethora of knitted items she offers for sale.

Sodexo, the universities food service provider, is who is to thank for bringing this great market to us. “ It has been nothing short of amazing to see how many strong relationships have been established here at the market,” Anthony Dellgatti, district manager of Sodexo, said. “There has been so much positive feedback from students and locals, we look forward to many more years with the market.”

Going into finals week the market has also been a place of stress relief. Walking around the mountainous location through so many great shops has helped give positive vibes to the whole campus.

Student Sydney Malcolm is one of the markets regulars. “I just love the happy energy everyone gives off, it gives you a break from the stressfulness of college” Sydney said. “Not only can you come and get a great cup of coffee, but I’ve meet some great people that I can call friends.”

So whether you want to come by for some fresh eggs or if you’re looking for a stylish new headband, Liberty University’s very own farmer’s market is the place to go. Come on down, and hurry, because until next year, its only here until November 10.

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Liberty Grads make the college caffeine addiction their livelihood 

Cailin McNamara // May 8, 2016

Two of Liberty University’s very own graduates bring their self-made coffee shop to the annual Liberty Farmers Market

 Liberty graduates Adam Shurr and Ben Young founded Golf Park Coffee in 2014. After almost 3 years in business, they decided to showcase their delicious drinks at the Liberty Farmers Market.

After graduating in 2007, Adam decided to make Lynchburg his home. “Central Virginia is in the midst of an amazing craft food and beverage awakening.  There are breweries, restaurants, wineries and coffee shops popping up all over the area and we are so thrilled that Golf Park Coffee has had a chance to be a part of the exciting things happening in the region.” Adam said on the Gold Park Coffee webpage.

As for Ben, he studied business administration and marketing at Liberty. After recently moving to Nashville, Tennessee, he still remains in charge of all executive duties including, business relations, marketing, product development, and finances. You could consider him the brains behind getting Gold Park Coffee a popular Lynchburg household name.

They work with Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co. located in Richmond, Virginia, to choose the highest quality coffee on the market for all the major growing areas in the world!

Their cold brew is one of the signature drinks at Gold Park. Shurr and Young work to rotate the coffee for this drink based off seasonality and availability from the farms. They use a steeping method to brew the cold brew because it gives an even extraction and allows the natural flavor and sweetness of the coffee to break through common bitterness or acidity.

Besides the Liberty Farmer’s Market, you can find Gold Park Coffee Co. at many different Lynchburg locations. Those being:

  • Market at Main
  • Magnolia Foods
  • The Farm Basket
  • Live Trendy or Die
  • Open Porch
  • Third Wave Coffee

If you don’t feel like visiting them in person, you can get any of their fashionable and yummy products shipped to your home, office or send them as a gift. They offer merchandise like hats, t-shirts, whole bean coffee and different sizes of their cold brew.

Come check them out and show support every Thursday at the Liberty Farmers Market from 3:30 p.m. to 6 o’clock p.m. located in Docs parking lot. You’ll be glad you did!

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You’re looking at the prime real estate of Docs diners very own parking lot, that is home to the very best market in town// Every Thursday from now until November 10 you can visit Liberty University’s very own farmers market// You can find things that range from local produce, coffee and doughnuts to crafts and jewelry from the different vendors// The market is open from 3:30 p.m. to 6 o’clock p.m. so come on down and enjoy some great items, food and even better company// Its an experience that is going to become a weekly activity, and that will have you coming back year after year//

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