Northern Arizona University will host its first “Real Food, Real People” open-air market Friday, Sept. 12.

The weekly Friday market will feature fresh Arizona produce, local artisan foods and community crafts. Live entertainment and art from the campus community also will be on display.

“The open-air market is about creating community connections through food and art,” said Casey Fisher, marketing director of NAU Campus Dining. “You’ll have the opportunity to meet and buy products from local business owners and artists.” 

The market also will provide opportunities for student involvement. “Students in the first-year seminar course, Living the Good Life, as well as the Student Health Advisory Committee will be on hand to discuss healthy living and what it means to be green at NAU,” said Catherine Sullivan, sustainability specialist for Campus Dining. “We’re also excited to showcase the artistic talents of our students through the event.”

This week the market will have produce from Crooked Sky Farms, baked goods from Village Baker, olive oil from Olives Wild and products from RysingHy Hot Sauce.

The market runs Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. through Oct. 24 on the Union pedway.

Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own grocery bags as well as cash for purchases from independent vendors. Dining Dollars will be accepted at some locations.

The event is free and open to the public.

For vendor information or to perform or display art at the market, email nau.dining@nau.edu.