The Black Hills State University Bookstore was recently featured in National Association of College Stores e-newsletter for their innovation in community involvement. The publication highlighted the BHSU Farmers Market that was held during the summer and fall.
The Bookstore was looking for creative ways to get visitors and people from the community on campus and into the bookstore during the summer months. “The town and people visiting don’t realize we’re open to the public,” Pam McKie, assistant director of the Bookstore, said. “We needed to bring people to the campus and make them aware. I can’t tell you how many times someone comes to the door and asks if they can come in because they don’t go to school here. “I’m like, ‘Heck yeah, you can come in. We want you to come in.’”
The farmers market was held Wednesday afternoons in the cul-de-sac in front of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, where the Bookstore is located. Vendors included a local dairy, organic beef company who also does vegetables, a local bakery, a honey farm, and a farmers market store, an organic cleaning-supply company, organic makeup, and jewelry-makers.
The bookstore is already making plans to host the Farmers Market again next year.