Campus Food Market
Date and Time
First Floor University Centre Courtyard
What is the Campus Food Market?
Held every Thursday afternoon, the market is open to everyone in the University of Guelph community. Since launching a pilot in March 2022, the market has proven a hit, with customers lining up early with reusable bags to shop for fresh produce right on campus.
The market is the result of a collaboration between the Feeding 9 Billion initiative at the Arrell Food Institute, the GuelphLab within U of G’s Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, the Office of Sustainability and Hospitality Services.
All the fruits and vegetables are sourced via The SEED, a not-for-profit community food project at the Guelph Community Health Centre that buys produce at wholesale prices for its own community markets throughout the city.
How does the Campus Food Market work?
All of the produce items are sold on a sliding scale. The upper end of the scale is comparable to retail value and the lower end of the scale is the cheapest they can offer it, typically being 30 to 50% below retail price. Customers who come to the market are given the option to choose the amount they would like to pay in that range, with no questions asked. You can pay with your U of G card or with debit/credit.
Why go to the Campus Food Market?
All U of G community members are welcome to purchase produce from the market, including faculty and staff! Community food markets that use sliding scale models have proven to be beneficial in the Guelph community because they bring together people for one common goal: to enjoy fresh food and social connection. The on-campus affordable food market not only helps to address issues of food insecurity, but it also can build meaningful social connections and support our physical health by making eating fruits and vegetables more accessible and affordable.
Who can shop at the Campus food Market?
This market is open to anyone and everyone, with the goal of making healthy food as accessible as possible for all.