Thank you to all the Cook’s Market donors! The challenge to match the $150,000 gift from an anonymous donor for a permanent home for the farmers market has been met and construction has begun. Cook’s Market will expand the market’s safety and function for the community, while also creating a landmark and gateway for Rutgers Gardens. The sustainable structure will convey the horticultural, ecological, and educational mission of the Gardens.
Cook’s Market will provide a permanent structure and allow the market to run throughout the year. Its programming will also connect with the development of the Student Farm at Rutgers Gardens, allowing students to experience firsthand the full cycle of food production, from seed, to seedling, to the field, to harvest, and finally to the consumer.
Future Home of Cook's Market
December 5 - Running electric lines
December 20 - Footings poured
Cook’s Market will include the first living green roof at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. The roof will have many benefits for the environment including: help attract and feed pollinators; reduce and slow stormwater runoff; reduce radiant heat (urban heating effect); and improve availability of food for bats.
In order to improve the visitor experience, future master plans include enhancing the integration of academic teaching and research of University departments, such as Landscape Architecture, with the community. Cook’s Market is part of this vision. Together, they will bring cohesion to the Gardens and take visitors on a journey through time and nature. With the addition of Cook’s Market, Rutgers Gardens is able to fulfill our mission to cultivate inquisitive minds, great plants, and inspire gardening through educational exploration and enjoyment.
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