With booths set and wares laid out, the Rexburg Farmers Market was ready for the business of students and community members as the fall semester began.
Every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., the residents of Rexburg and its surrounding communities sell homemade items ranging from produce to baked goods to baby bibs.
The Rexburg Farmers Market provides a way for students with a low budget to find fresh and cheap locally grown produce. With less expensive produce, the market provides an easy way for students to become more involved in Rexburg’s events while fulfilling the need to shop.
“Many of the BYU-I students feel the campus is disconnected from the town, but this market allows for a great community experience,” said stall owner David Magleby.
With senior citizens, families full of children, young coles and single adults making a stop at the market, the atmosphere allows students to break away from campus.
“The market also provides a break from the pressure of school and peers, because the atmosphere is so remarkably different from that of campus life,” said Scott Webster, a student at Madison High School.
With a wide variety of booths offering many products, the Rexburg Farmers Market is a busy event every week.
“It’s great being able to run the booth every week and just play around while talking to people,” said Carson Meredith, who helped his parents run their booth at the farmers market.
Another way for BYU-I students to make the most of the market is to hang out or have a date there. Students can buy several parts of a meal from multiple booths for far cheaper than at some restaurants.
For instance, a student could have pulled barbecue beef, Mexican crazy corn and chips and salsa all in the same meal.
“It’s just a fun place to hang out in Rexburg on Fridays,” said Lisa Jones, director of the farmers market.