By: Kate Maloney, Campus Recreation Services
Due to the hard work and efforts by several members of the University of Maryland Wellness Coalition, the long-awaited Farmers Market at Maryland opened on Wednesday, May 2 to a crowd of 1,000+ students, faculty, and staff members eager to get their hands on fresh, locally grown produce.
The market, which the Diamondback called a “refreshing new option“, provides a weekly opportunity for our community to purchase healthy and sustainable foods, inspiring a farm-to-table approach to eating and encouraging physical and social wellness.
The visitors to the market nearly wiped out the vendors within the first 2 hours and it’s no wonder why – just look at some of the fruits and veggies that were for sale:
But, it wasn’t just a visual feast for the eyes, there was something for all 5 senses – strawberries to smell, lamb shearlings to touch, cheese spreads to taste and acoustic performers to hear.
It was impossible to walk by the tents without catching the aromatic draft of early-season strawberries from McCleaf’s Orchards.
Kids and adults alike couldn’t help but reach out and touch the soft lamb shearlings from Springfield Farms of Kent County.
And who could pass up tasting the delicious samples of Gorgonzola chive, Moroccan cilantro or red pepper feta being offered by Picnic Gourmet Spreads or the results of the cooking demonstration from Dining Services of potato crusted pollack with a poached apple, strawberry kiwi vinaigrette and mixed field greens?
And to truly complete the celebratory atmosphere of our Grand Opening, Dr. Loh and Testudo joined us for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. After all, establishing a weekly farmers market right here on our campus is a truly momentous occasion and sure to become a new campus tradition.
If you didn’t get to visit us on Opening Day, no worries – we’ll be in front of Cole Fieldhouse every Wednesday from noon-4pm through November 14. Stop by and welcome the farmers to UMD! You can also ‘like’ The Farmers Market at Maryland Facebook page for all the latest.
Share with us! Have you been to the market? What would you suggest picking up next week?