Brown Market Shares Program
Established 2006

Brown Market Shares Program



The Brown Market Shares Program (BMSP) is a student-run, campus-based food distribution program connecting the College Hill community with regional producers through affordable weekly shares of local and sustainable produce, bread, mushrooms, eggs, dairy and meat.

Apply to be a BMSP Coordinator! All Brown Undergrads who will be on campus for the next calendar year are welcome and encouraged to apply!

Check out the “Get Involved” tab for more information.


Sign-ups for the fall 2019 season are now closed.

We’ll see you on September 26th for our first Market Day! Please remember to bring your own reusable bag to pick up your share. The fall season will run from September 26th to December 5th, except for the week of Thanksgiving (November 21st)

Please email if you have any questions!

Purchase a Market Shares Cookbook!

Help support BMSP’s subsidized share program by purchasing a cookbook!

One of our goals at BMSP is to enhance the equity of food access in Providence, which we do by offering shares at a subsidized cost to shareholders who cannot pay full price. Help us support and expand the program by purchasing an e-cookbook for $8. The book is filled with tested (tasty!) recipes, and a great way to find new uses for the produce in your share each week!

Please email to purchase a cookbook.


Provide equitable access to sustainably-produced food

We believe all individuals should have equal access to fresh, local, sustainable food. By removing transportation barriers, our program provides access to any member of the Brown community. Our internally-funded Subsidized Program allows low-income faculty, staff, and graduate students to participate at a lower cost, further breaking down obstacles to access.

Promote regional farm security.

We are committed to supporting small-scale local farmers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts who manage diversified farms with methods that demonstrate a respect for the environment, consumers, and farmers alike. Market Shares provides an alternative to the conventional industrial agro-food system.

Foster on campus engagement and activism

We offer Brown students, faculty, and staff the chance to support local agriculture and to learn about farming and seasonal produce. In this sense, Market Shares creates the opportunity for them to make a political statement through the purchase of their food. Along with other on-campus initiatives as well academic courses, our program fosters a community of active and engaged eaters on Brown’s campus.


Current food news

We are always reading about worldwide changes and advancement in the food industry, read along with us!


Here you can find information on the produce we receive: seasonality, preparation techniques, storage tips, and recipes! 

Local food directory

Interested in learning more about food, agriculture, and sustainability in Rhode Island? Look here!


Market Shares has enabled me to eat healthier and better quality food than I can normally afford, which has greatly improved my quality of life. In short, it’s a true life saver, a wonderful program, and I am so very grateful to be a part of this fantastic community. Many thanks to Market Shares!
— Anonymous Spring 2018 Shareholder