By Rebekah Shulman, Dietitian Assistant
Attention all Aggies: the UC Davis Farmers Market is back on campus for Spring Quarter! Here you will find tons of fresh produce, raw honey, bread and baked goods, UC Davis made olive oil, and much more. The market aims to be a destination in itself, not just something students stumble upon during their commute across campus. The Farmers Market will be at the North Quad every Wednesday from 11 am to 1:30 pm for Spring Quarter.
Here are the vendors you will find for the Spring 2018 season:
- PURE honey
- Ahmad Farms: fruit
- Toledo Farms: assorted organic veggies and fruits, potatoes
- Fruit Factory: fruits
- Williamson Farms: Strawberries
- Shoup Farms: avocado
- UC Davis Student Farm: flowers, veggies
- Gotelli Farms: cherries in May
- Upper Crust Bakery: breads, cookies, apple tarts
Visiting the UC Davis Farmers Market is a great way to promote health and wellness in all aspects of your life. Here are some of the benefits of taking some time out of your day to visit the market:
In addition to buying food at the market, you can learn more about health and wellness through visiting the Student Health and Counseling Services and Healthy Aggies booths. These organizations seek to educate individuals on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle as a busy college student. Be sure to visit these booths to hear about campus resources, play fun games, get some free swag, and learn more about various nutrition and wellness topics.
The accessibility of a Farmers Market on campus makes getting your fresh fruits and vegetables even easier! Here you don’t have to worry about your produce containing pesticides, waxes, or genetic modification. Additionally, fruits and vegetables contain lots of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber to keep you full, energized, and nourished throughout your day.
You can find easy recipes using ingredients found at the farmers market on our website at:
The Farmers Market is able to bring the community together and create a calming environment for everyone to enjoy. At the market you will find picnic blankets strewn across the grass where students can take a break from their busy day to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Taking time out of your day to unwind, spend time with friends, and get some vitamin D are extremely beneficial for mental wellbeing. These study breaks will help you retain information and focus more effectively for the rest of the day.
Supporting Local Business
As large agribusiness is increasingly dominating U.S. food production, a great benefit of the Farmers Market is the ability to directly support local growers and businesses. Instead of buying produce harvested before ripeness halfway across the globe, your money is directly supporting family farms in the Yolo County area. This also benefits the environment through reducing the amount of fossil fuels used to transport produce from farm to consumer.
In summary, visiting the UC Davis Farmers Market is a quick and easy way to support a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to head to the North Quad on Wednesdays between 11 am and 1:30 pm to buy fresh produce and take a break from your busy day.
Healthy Aggies Promotion: the market will be giving away $10 bundles in market dollars to the first 10 people who visit the Market Information Booth on April 11 and say “I read about $10 in free vouchers on the Healthy Aggies blog”! While supplies last!
You can find up-to-date information on the UC Davis Farmers Market and subscribe to their weekly newsletter at: https://healthy.ucdavis.edu/food-nutrition/farmers-market