Healthy Carolina Farmers Market goes weekly
The University of South Carolina is trying to make summertime living easy and healthy. Beginning June 1, the Healthy Carolina Farmers Market will be offered every Tuesday through Aug. 3.
The popular offering, which has become a symbol of the university’s commitment to healthy living, will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the trees of Davis Field, between the Russell House University Union and Thomas Cooper Library.
“The campus and surrounding community have been great supporters of the Healthy Carolina Farmers Market,” said Holly Harring, coordinator of the market and the university’s Healthy Carolina Initiative. “By offering the market weekly, people will be able to better plan their shopping and cooking. The key to healthy living is making healthy choices a habit. A weekly farmers market is a terrific way to do that.”
Harring says the markets are now drawing nearly 1,000 customers. Many of the participating South Carolina farmers have been vendors since the market was launched in September 2008.
“The farmers are doing well,” Harring said. “Beyond healthy living, the market has reinforced that buying local benefits the community economically and environmentally. It’s good for people to have a closer connection to local food sources.”
The market features fresh and locally produced vegetables and fruits, meats and cheeses, seafood, peanuts, homemade breads and an array of specialty items by local farmers. Products, which are cash and carry, are competitively priced and sold individually and in bulk.
The Healthy Carolina Farmers Market is part of a national collegiate trend to promote nutrition education and sustainable agriculture (buying fresh produce from local farmers) to students, faculty and staff. The university’s Healthy Carolina Initiative aims to simplify healthy choices.