Fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade breads and baked goods…YUM! All of these foods will be sold at SLU’s first farmer’s market this week! Fresh Gatherings Cafe , our Nutrition and Dietetics run cafeteria, along with Chartwell’s and the SLU School of Public Health will be hosting SLU’s first farmer’s market. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 19th, from 10am-2pm in the quad in front of Terra Ve. Produce offered by Fresh Gatherings Cafe will be locally produced by Missouri and Illinois farmers. So why buy locally? Buying locally… 1) Saves food miles: for example, a typical carrot bought from the grocery store travels an average of 1,838 miles to reach your dining table. Decreasing food miles helps protect our environment by using less fuel and packaging. 2) Provides you with foods which contain more nutrients. Fresh food from local farms don’t spend days in trucks and on store shelves losing nutrients. They taste better too! 3) Buying local foods supports the small farmer and supports our local communities. If you are interested in finding about more ways to buy locally visit ” food routes ” where you can find out about restaurants, grocery stores, and farmer’s markets which sell local foods in Missouri.

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.