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.


 It's that time of the year again! Sign ups for the spring 2019 season are now open! The spring share will run for ten weeks, from February 14th to April 25th, excluding the week of spring break (March 28th). The deadline to sign up for a spring share is Wednesday February 6th, and payments must be submitted by Tuesday February 12th.


Organic food sales in the U.S. doubled over the last decade, but organic farming hasn’t kept pace. That may change as farmers partner with brands.



This Week’s


The Fall season has ended. The first day of our Spring Season is February 14th!

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