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Farmer's market planned at UB

There will be a new spot to buy fresh fruit and vegetables this summer -- the University at Buffalo.

UB, as part of its community outreach, is collaborating with two neighborhood groups to bring a farmer's market to the South Campus on Main Street on Saturdays starting at the end of June.

UB officials are trying to place more of an emphasis on connecting the university to its surrounding neighborhoods, which include University Heights and Eggertsville. The farmer's market is a small step in that direction, but UB officials are planning more community events for the future.

It adds to the neighborhood, said Pamela Beal, neighborhood outreach coordinator for UB Community Relations.

"We want to use our assets to help bolster the local community and invite [people] on campus," Beal said.

UB's Office of Community Relations isg teaming up with the University Heights Collaborative and the Eggertsville Community Organization, which have been talking with school officials about how to make their neighborhoods better.

Farmer's markets help bring neighbors together to socialize, which helps make for stronger, safer neighborhoods, said Susan Przybyl, a volunteer with the Eggertsville group.

"I think there's a real quality-of-life development that takes place," Przybyl said. "I think we have felt empowered, because of the university's new mandate to really reach out to the local community. That's very hopeful to a lot of us that are homeowners."

The University Community Farmer's Market will run every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- rain or shine -- from June 30 to Oct. 13 in the parking lot north of Allen Hall near Main Street and Kenmore Avenue.

Vendors who have committed to the market include Ieraci Farm of Lewiston and Independence Hill Farm of Friendship for fruits and vegetables, Honey Bee Farm of North Tonawanda for honey and Nancy Bryant of Independence Hill Farm for jams and jellies.

"We're starting small," Beal said, "but it will grow."

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