The new location of the Purdue Farmers Market has led to at least triple the business and vendor amount this summer.
Moved from near the Dauch Alumni Center to a corridor between the Purdue Centennial Mall and Clock Tower, the new Purdue Farmers Market gives students access to locally grown produce as well as ready-made lunch items in the form of barbecue, kabobs, chili and salads.
The Purdue Farmers Market runs through October, just like its West Lafayette and Lafayette counterparts. It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.
What really differentiates the Purdue market from the rest is the emphasis on lunch. Crabby Mike’s Barbecue and Spacibo have their respective grills firing a plethora of meats while the Purdue Memorial Union grills chicken for its signature, custom-made salads. Tom “Chef T” Billeaux brings soup or chili with his prepackaged biscotti and seasoning mixes. Another booth offers fresh-squeezed lemonade while Main Street Market Basket promotes its homemade hummus and pesto, ready to eat with a bag of pita chips.
For dessert, Great Harvest Bread and Klein Brot Haus are in the mix to supply the sweet stuff in the form of pies, cookies, fruit bars and scones.
There are still a handful of traditional Farmers’ Market vendors in the mix. A recent stop saw many a tomato, squash and cucumber.
With the start of a new semester, the Purdue Farmers Market is buzzing with students, faculty, staff and community members, making it one of the top lunch spots on a sunny Thursday afternoon.