This fall, the Department of Community Relations hosted a Quad Market as an official installment of Welcome Weekend. The Quad Market showcased local vendors from the South Bend area and offered some of the best produce, baked goods, and other novelties made and sold by South Bend businesses. Unlike the Quad Market hosted by last year's administration, we invited an almost entirely different batch of vendors to participate--thus, extending our networking and differentiating the products offered. Our vendors included Macri's Italian Bakery, Disterheft Farms, Unity Gardens, South Bend Woodworks, Heaven Help Us Pastries, Breadsmith, and the Mayor's Office.
We hope to have all these terrific vendors--as well as the great vendors from the past year--back for a larger Quad Market at some point during our spring semester. One of the main tenets of our mission as the Department of Community Relations is integrating campus life with community life. We see this exchange as profitable for the South Bend small business community as well as the Notre Dame family. This is just one step in getting a closer and seamless partnership between South Bend and Notre Dame.