UC Davis Today: Farmers Market offers healthy eating options

Farmers market vendor loading up bag for customer

Farmers Market offers healthy eating options

Healthy eating is important for college students who study hard, and that’s why the UC Davis Farmers Market came to fruition.

Originally called the East Quad Market, the market was launched in 2006 as part of the Community Book Project featuring author and Agricultural Sustainability board member Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Another motivating factor was to encourage students to eat more fruits and vegetables.

The Farmers Market offers cooking demonstrations by Dining Services staff and close proximity to Silo eateries, food trucks and the Gunrock Pub. It is an example of campus collaboration—the UC Davis Student Farm is selling vegetables there, and olive oil and sun-dried tomatoes from the Campus Grown collection are available, among other items.

Located in the Silo Courtyard and operated by UC Davis Stores, it is open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday, weather permitting, through June 6.

Freshman biochemistry and molecular biology major Julia Wasielewski, left, loads up the bag of third-year math major Soo Lee with fresh produce from the Student Farm at the UC Davis Farmers Market near the Silo. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo)

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