Have you ever passed the Farmers’ Market on campus but didn’t stop because you’ve heard the produce is more expensive or you’re not sure what to do with it after you buy it? Well the University Wellness Program is here to clear that up for you. Most people think the Farmers’ Market is more expensive than their supermarket counterparts but in fact they’re often cheaper and definitely better for us. Grocery store foods compared to food at the Farmers’ Market travels longer distances, are not as fresh, may contain pesticides, hormones, and GMOs, and they’re picked underripe and allowed to sit for days and therefore contain less nutrients. Not only is the Farmers’ Market a healthier and cheaper choice but it’s right one campus every other Tuesday at the William’s Center Plaza from 10-1, which can save you that unwanted trip to Walmart.
As far as not knowing how to prepare your purchases from the Farmers’ Market, the University Wellness Program is bringing Taste the Farmer’s Market to campus Wednesday September 24th at Centennial Place courtyard from 5-7! There will be samples of different foods made with produce and meat from the Farmers’ Market that you will be able to try and the ingredients will also be available to purchase. Below is one recipe that will be available to sample at Taste the Farmers’ Market:
- 5 medium plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced
- 1/4 red onion, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced
- 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 splashes of red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and toss!
So, grab your friends and come out to Taste the Farmers’ Market Wednesday September 24th from 5-7!