Students and community members buy local at the Green Wave Community Market. (Photo from the Green Wave Community Market)
If eating green and buying locally sounds like a good idea, that’s because it is a good idea.
It’s the driving message behind the student-run Green Wave Community Market that is now in its second year at Tulane University.
“The best way to get people more interested in being more community based and buying things locally … was just to put it right in front of them,” said student and market founder Claire Beauchamp.
The market — gearing up for its next opening on Saturday (Oct. 19) from noon until 3 p.m. — boasts 15 to 20 vendors, most of them selling produce, arts and crafts and plants. The market, which partners with Tulane Hillel, will be held at the Goldie and Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life, 912 Broadway St.
Beauchamp, a junior environmental science and studio art major, said the vendors all have a hand in sustainability practices and offer locally sourced goods. The students organizing the market also look for vendors that are involved in giving back to the community, such as Our School Blair Grocery, a produce vendor from the Ninth Ward that employs local youth.
In addition to local, New Orleans vendors, several student-run vendors also set up shop at the market including the vegan Healthy Veggie Club and Sudz Soap, an organization that sells all-natural soaps to pay for its international sanitation improvement initiatives.
Beauchamp said the reception to the Green Wave Community Market has been encouraging, with attendance up from about 100 shoppers last fall to about 250 people at this semester’s first market last month.
“I’ve seen more and more community members and people that are just in the area and not just students coming,” she said. “And that’s really exciting to me.”
Exciting, she says, because buying and eating locally benefits everyone.
“By knowing who your farmer is, you know exactly where your food is coming from and how they are growing it,” she said. “I think it’s important to create those community connections and make sure you are giving back to New Orleans.”