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Purdue University. Bringing the Historic Lafayette F armers M arket to Campus. Your Presenter. Doug Sabel, Manager Purchasing Operations. The Farmers Market. History. The Lafayette Farmers M arket has been in operation since 1839.

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Purdue university
Purdue University

Bringing the Historic Lafayette Farmers Market to Campus

Your presenter
Your Presenter

Doug Sabel, Manager Purchasing Operations


  • The Lafayette Farmers Market has been in operation since 1839.

  • The Free-Press of April 25, 1846, told about action by the Lafayette Town Board to buy a strip of ground 30 feet wide fronting on [what is now Fifth street between Main and Columbia. This would permit widening the public street, already platted as 60 feet side, into a 90-foot space a block long for a "market house" to be built for $936.31.

More history
More History

  • An 1885 lawsuit contended that in about April 1876 the City of Lafayette had torn down the marketing house as well as the public benches. As a result the marketing activity had stopped and the full 90 feet was being used as a public street.

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More History

  • Then in July 1878, the suit continued, the City Council made the block "a station for unemployed and licensed drays." Drays were horse-drawn wagons, usually transporting freight, unloading or loading freight, or waiting to be loaded.

  • Eventually this transportation hub took on the form of a market for trading fresh farm goods where it remains today.

The idea for a campus market
The Idea For a Campus Market

  • Michele Wing, Physical Facilities HR Specialist and Employee Wellness Ambassador had the idea of having a Purdue Farmers Market in 2008

  • Several other universities across the country had markets and reported success

  • Michele proposed the benefit of easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables as part of the university strategic plan for employee wellness and sustainability

  • The market would also support local growers

Political challenges
Political Challenges

  • Would a campus market compete with the downtown market?

  • Would a campus market compete with the West Lafayette Market?

  • Would the market vendors support a campus market?

Campus issues
Campus Issues

  • What is the best day for the market?

  • What is the best time for the market?

  • Where should we locate the market?

  • What traffic and parking?

  • What approvals are needed?

  • Is there a cost and who is paying?

  • Purdue contact person?

Legal considerations
Legal Considerations

  • Who owns the Lafayette Farmers Market?

  • How do we contract with the Market vendors?

  • Who inspects for food safety?

  • What is the liability to the university?

Market day logistics
Market Day Logistics

  • Location Setup

  • Vendor Setup

  • Vendor Space Assignments

  • Traffic and Parking

  • Market Rules

  • Allowable Products

  • Enforcement

Solutions political issues
Solutions-Political Issues

  • Greater Lafayette Commerce (GLC) owns the Market

  • In collaboration with GLC we determined that the Purdue Market would be a positive

  • The Purdue Market would not interfere with the Lafayette or West Lafayette Markets

  • The market vendors would support a Purdue Market depending on the day and time.

Solutions campus issues
Solutions-Campus Issues

  • Thursday was the best day

  • From 3PM to 6PM was the best time

  • The Alumni Center parking lot was the best location

  • Needed approvals from Physical Facilities, Parking, Police, Legal Counsel, HR, Food Stores, REM, Risk Management, VP’s

  • Michele Wing, Purdue point of contact

Solutions legal considerations
Solutions-Legal Considerations

  • GLC owns the Market

  • Needed a contract for GLC to manage the Purdue Market

  • The vendors contract with GLC

  • GLC established the rules of the Purdue Market in collaboration with Purdue

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Solutions-Legal Considerations

  • County Board of Health conducts inspections and issues permits to the vendors

  • Purdue does its own inspection and verifies Board of Health permit

  • GLC requires permits and inspections and keeps records

  • Purdue liability is mitigated through the GLC and vendor contracts

Solutions market day logistics
Solutions-Market Day Logistics

  • Location is set up starting on Thursday morning

  • Vendors are allowed in at 1 PM on Thursday

  • Spaces are assigned by the Market Master

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Solutions-Market Day Logistics

  • Rules:

    • No cooking

    • No pets

    • No electricity provided

    • No running water provided

    • Port a Jons and Port a Sinks provided

    • No soft drinks (Purdue Coke contract)

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Solutions-Market Day Logistics

  • Prohibited products:

    • Soaps and skin care products

    • Soft drinks

    • Beer, wine or other alcohol beverages


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