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WVU Downtown Farmers’ Market

Today my rotation was filled with variety– body composition analysis, a grocery store tour, and a farmers’ market.  I love the variety of things that this rotation has to offer so far, and it’s only been 3 days!  Here are some photos I took from the downtown farmers’ market today. It is held across from the Mountainlair every Wednesday from 11am-1pm, and today was comprised of about 5 vendors, but in the following weeks, more vendors should be present. There were fresh and local grapes, peaches, apples, eggplant, bell peppers, hot peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, corn on the cob, baked goods (cookies, bread), and more.  WVU also had a tent where students could get a nice-sized sample of peach crisp, made by WVU dining using fresh and local West Virginian peaches.  The recipe was created and tweaked to meet certain nutrition standards (more fiber, less fat, lower in sodium), so you can be rest assured the peach crisp is healthy for you.  And for you animal lovers out there, the peach crisp is also vegan!  We were talking about what recipe and dish to give away for free at next week’s farmers’ market, and it may be something made with potatoes, corn, and peppers! Mmmm! Or perhaps an apple dish? Whatever it is, it’s always made with local ingredients.

Hundreds of free samples of peach crisp…went fast!

SNAP benefits and credit/debit cards can be used here

Local foods available for students to purchase

Peaches, apples, tomatoes, corn, and grapes…yum!

Thanks to all the vendors who participate and help make WVU a healthier campus!

Fresh apples & various veggies

Great for cooking

Eggplants — excellent grilled, baked, or sauteed!

Freshly made “Yum Bun” for $3 – filled with veggies & looks like whole wheat flour was used. Great!

I think this downtown farmers market is a great for students of all types– if you live in the dorms, grab a bag of apples for those midnight cravings when the dining hall is closed. If you live off campus, why not buy some peaches and take a recipe card and try out the healthy peach crisp one weekend?  And of course, whether you live off campus or on campus, a yum bun will definitely fill you up in between classses!

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Farmers’ Markets in Morgantown, West Virginia

This week and the following week I’ve been attending and participating in WVU’s GDI Bootcamp.  Bootcamp is a time where the new interns can become adjusted to Morgantown, meet faculty and their advisors, set up their schedule, and more. It is also helpful for the second year interns (including myself) to meet the new interns, hear from guest speakers, and practice our public speaking and presentation skills.

On Wednesday, intern Roanna Martin presented “Local Food: Space for Conversation” where she covered the growing movement of “Buy Fresh, Buy Local,” Farm to School, school gardens, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), Farmers Markets in West Virginia, the economic impact of local foods, and the use of SNAP benefits at farmers markets through the use of EBT (electronic benefit transfer).

Local foods, especially farmers’ markets are a growing movement. There are now more than 7175 farmers’ markets around the US, which is more than 3 times the amount of farmers markets 15 years ago!

Farmers markets have many benefits. Not only do they offer a place and a space for the community to meet together and share positive food experiences, but they also can provide a place for kids to get excited about nutrition, community members to learn about cooking and nutrition, and a place for farmers and small business community members to earn money.   In fact, there was an estimated $1.725 million dollars spent at the 34 markets across the state of West Virginia (for a total of 331 vendors) in 2005.  That’s a lot of cash flow, and even more so now that there are around 60 markets in West Virginia currently.

There are 4 Farmer’s markets in Morgantown. Here are the days, times, and market information:

Farmers markets not only have fresh fruits and vegetables, but they also have meat products, eggs, dairy products, grains, and baked goods such as pies, cinnamon rolls, and fresh bread.  You can also find flowers, homemade jams & jellies, honey, caramel corn, herbs, homemade dog treats (!), and craft, fabric, & woodwork items. Attending a farmers’ market can be a great way to meet other like-minded individuals in the community, support local businesses, purchase some great, fresh produce and other delicious food items.  While fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets have the same nutritional value as fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, the produce is often fresher and of higher quality because it doesn’t travel 1500 miles to get to your dinner plate.

Photo taken at the South Morgantown Market, courtesy of Roanna Martin

Photo taken at Barbour Co. Farmers’ Market (1 hour south of Morgantown), courtesy of Roanna Martin

Farmers’ Markets are also a great way to get to know the local food culture in the particular region where the market is held. If you find yourself traveling across the country for one reason or another, why not visit a local farmers’ market and pick up some fresh produce from that region?  Here’s a snapshot I took while in Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii this past December. Notice how the local food of Hawaii is a bit different from the local food of West Virginia!

Fresh & Local Fruit at the Kilauea Farmers’ Market in Kauai, Hawaii

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