Students, community save and eat well at U Farmers Market

Farmer’s Market

For the first time, the University of Utah Farmers Market, which begins Aug. 27, will offer two programs to help students and food stamp recipients purchase healthier, local food. The University of Utah Farmers Market, now in its eighth season, brings Utah-grown produce and locally made gifts to the center of campus. The market is open Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 27-Oct. 8, on Tanner Plaza, just west of the Union. The University of Utah Farmers Market aims to provide access to fresh produce, both physically and financially, to the campus and Salt Lake communities. To aid its mission, the market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. This year, the market will also offer Double Up Food Bucks and Double Your Dollars programs, which will provide additional funding to SNAP recipients and students to purchase more produce and nutritional food. These two programs will benefit communities traditionally underserved when it comes to the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables. Programs to double up funds for SNAP beneficiaries are part of a national food justice trend. Representatives from the U’s Sustainability are available to talk about the initiatives.

Sarah Lappe, communication and outreach coordinator at U Sustainability Office| Phone: 801-585-9352| Email: sarah.lappe@utah.edu

Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, campus engagement coordinator at U Sustainability Office |Phone: 801-581-7506, ayrel.clark@utah.edu