Locally Grown Fun

This summer’s Berry College Farmers Market welcomed about 1,500 people to campus and offered an abundance of Berry-grown and built items, such as produce from Season’s Harvest and honey from Berry Bees. Students sold Berry’s Angus Beef hamburgers and provided live music. There were also a variety of vendors from the community selling everything from sweet treats, to plants to pieces of art. 

Senior Emma Quigley, of Asheville, N.C. is general manager of Berry Bees.

“We ended up selling out of honey, which was great for us; we wish we could have had more to sell,” Quigley said.

The Berry Student Enterprises, along with selling local fares, also have a unique connection to the Rome community. 

“Working with Berry Bees, specifically, lets me educate others about the importance of bees in the environment while working to conserve the species,” Quigley said. “Also, who doesn’t like honey?”

With the variety of stands, food and fun to be had, it’s no surprise that this year’s Farmers Market was a hit among Berry students and guests alike.

“I actually had to attend to take pictures for my class,” said junior Lia Batista, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. “The mood was very energetic; people were not only entertained, but they seemed very engaged in all the things that they saw at each table. It wasn't hard for me to capture a smile shared between the vendors and the visitors. I found myself smiling the whole time too!”

Written by Public Relations Student Supervisor Abbie Smith