A farmer’s market for Loyola Marymount University (LMU), set to start on Wednesday, February 7th, will be the first of its kind for the Westchester campus, according to a university source.
The market will be in the center of the campus, at 1 LMU Drive, Westchester, and hours will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month during the spring.
Featured products include fresh produce, flowers and honey from local farmers, as well as “fair trade merchandise and socially conscious consumer items from around the world,” the source says.
College senior Catie Bereznay created the market and received a grant from the Strauss Foundation to start it. She says she worked on the project for more than a year.
Bereznay currently serves on the Associated Students of LMU as vice president of social justice. She is scheduled to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
In February next year, Bereznay plans to move to South Africa, where she will work on a master’s degree in public health on a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship.
The grant Bereznay is using to start the farmer’s market at LMU is a $10,000 award given by the Strauss Foundation annually to 14 college juniors in California. The grant is specifically intended to fund public service projects.
Bereznay says she designed the farmer’s market to serve as an educational tool in which customers not only leave with groceries but also with a better understanding of the world.