Folk music flows from the pavilion on Old Orchard as market vendors and Webster Groves residents come together to buy and sell goods.
The market is open every Thursday from May to October. Market Manager Angela Foley said the market is a great place for Webster University students to grab a quick snack, groceries and even work through Webster’s work study program.
The farmer’s market offers several work study positions for Webster students to take advantage of. Foley said several students have helped around the market in the past, and that it’s a great way for students to interact with the community.
“If they have an apartment, we’re just another grocery store,” Foley said. “It’s good for the community, it’s fresh, it’s local.”
Founded in 2010, the farmer’s market is located in the heart of Old Orchard. The market provides produce, fruits, baked goods, music and several other additions depending on the season.
Foley said students who live in the area, or stay at Webster University over the summer, often apply for the work study positions. She said the work study students usually help with children’s activities or assisting her in management.
Student Employment Coordinator Elizabeth Condon-Oakberg said the work study positions with the farmer’s market comes from a partnership between several local non-profit businesses. She said students can find more opportunities like the farmer’s market positions at the Sept. 3 Involvement and Community Service Fair.
Condon-Oakberg said students who have worked at the market have had positive experiences. She said location is a big motivation to many students who apply for the farmer’s market.
“They’re definitely one of the most popular sites because they are close to campus,” Condon – Oakberg said.
Foley said the market is a great place for students to support local vendors.
“All of our vendors are from Missouri and Illinois and they produce, grow, raise, almost everything they sell,” Foley said.. “The people that are at the tent are the people who produced that product.”
Open Work Study positions with the Webster Grove’s Farmer’s Market can be found on Gorlok Jobs.