Berea College Farm Store Provides Outlet for Local Foods

After much anticipation, the Berea College Farm Store opened to the public on Saturday, November 23, at 9 a.m. Located at 311 North Main Street just below Seabury Athletic Complex, the store will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 2-7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Featuring products from local farms and others within the Appalachian regions, the Farm Store offers a wide variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, grains, beans, mushrooms, honey, pork, beef, chicken and more – all produced by students gaining hands-on farming experience  while working their way through college. “The main purpose of the store is to serve as the college farm’s experiential learning laboratory in value-added agriculture and local food systems,” said Office and Farm Marketing Manager Jessa Turner.

Supporting the function of the Farm Store are faculty members of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program at Berea College, including Farm Manager Bob Harned, Assistant Farm Manager Jamie Rowse, Horticulture Manager Janet Meyer, and Organic Farming Coordinator Matt Wilson.  The Berea College Farm Store is managed by Bethany Pratt.

The Berea Farmer’s Market will continue to operate through the winter in the Goldthwait Agriculture Building on Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.