WELLWVU is partnering with West Virginia University Dining Services to offer a Downtown Campus farmers market called “FREG to U” to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to students.

Starting on Thursday (Aug. 29), the Downtown Campus farmers market will be held each Thursday across from the Mountainlair. Vendors will sell seasonal fruits and vegetables from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. including apples, peaches, pumpkins and corn among others. The market will continue through Oct. 31. WVU Dining Services will provide free samples created from local produce and the corresponding recipes.

“With the addition of the downtown farmers market, WVU students join Morgantown community members in having access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables,” said Colleen Harshbarger, director of WELLWVU Office of Wellness and Health Promotion. “It’s rare for a college campus to have one, let alone three markets this accessible to students.”

In addition to creating greater access, the farmers market places special emphases on the importance of buying locally grown produce. The featured item provided by Dining Services this week will be a watermelon and peach salad with baby heirloom tomatoes.

“All ingredients were purchased through the Morgantown and Bridgeport farmer’s markets,” said David Friend, director of Dining Services.

Since 2009, WELLWVU has helped students foster better well-being through health care, education, promotion and related services.

The event will not be held in inclement weather. Check http://well.wvu.edu and follow @WELLWVU on Twitter for updates on the farmers market.



CONTACT: Shannon Foster, WELLWVU
304.293.2355, Shannon.Foster@mail.wvu.edu

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