TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Once a month, Florida State University faculty, staff and students can secure fresh produce without leaving campus.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month, Seminole Dining hosts Fresh Market, an opportunity for anybody to purchase fresh produce, the same fruits and vegetables used in Seminole Dining’s three residential dining halls. This fall, about 300-400 customers purchase items at the Fresh Market each month.
Fresh Market is hosted in conjunction with Market Wednesday, a weekly gathering of student organizations and local vendors. Adjacent to Oglesby Union and Legacy Walk on FSU’s campus, Fresh Market features items provided by Tallahassee’s Chapman Produce, as well as Seminole Dining’s three adopted farms – Full Moon Apiary of Monticello, Fla., West Coast Mushrooms in Quincy, Fla., and New North Florida Co-Op in Marianna, Fla. Other local seasonable items, such as strawberries, blueberries, oranges, avocadoes and tomatoes, are available each month.
“Our Fresh Market is an opportunity for us to highlight the local farms we’ve adopted,” said Seminole Dining’s Sustainability Coordinator Chantal Fortin, who organizes the monthly event. “It’s a great opportunity for faculty, staff and students to meet the people who are producing the food they’re eating.”
Seminole Dining chefs prepare pre-cut fruit (watermelon, pineapple and cantaloupe), and a Seminole Dining chef or student chef host a monthly chef demo.
Customers can purchase Seminole Dining Sustainability bags for $5, plus tax. Those who bring their own reusable bag receive a 25-cent discount at checkout. Customers can also post on social media about the Fresh Market and receive a $1 off their purchase.
At each Fresh Market, Seminole Dining’s dietitian will have nutritional information available for customers. ServScript volunteers from FSU’s Center for Leadership and Social Change often volunteer, and volunteers are always welcome to help.
“The purpose of the Fresh Market is to provide fresh and affordable produce to our community,” Fortin said. “It’s the perfect way for busy students and faculty to purchase fruits and vegetables to take home while on campus so they can maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
Fresh Market customers can use credit, debit, cash, Garnet Bucks, Flex Bucks, FSU Cash or Apple Pay to purchase items.