MU to host collaborative farmers market

Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Vendors from the Columbia and Boone County farmers markets will gather at Lowry Mall starting April 29 to provide local goods to the community. Vendors will sell items including produce, burgers, pasta, pie, baked goods, ice cream, honey and eggs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will be held once each month throughout the season on the following dates:

  • April 29
  • May 20
  • June 24
  • July 22
  • August 26
  • September 23
  • October 28

Julie Tobias, wellness coordinator for the MU Wellness Resource Center, spearheaded the arrangement, which took place only twice last year.

“It emphasizes the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables and getting a lot of those fresh foods in your diet on a regular basis,” Tobias said.

Tobias approached Caroline Todd, market manager for the Columbia Farmers' Market, with the idea.

“People like fresh, local food because they’re concerned about health," Todd said. "It’s food that hasn’t been processed, so it’s better for you."

Entities including Healthy for Life, University of Missouri Extension, Campus Dining Services, PedNet Coalition, GetAbout Columbia and Mizzou Botanical Gardens will collaborate to provide information as well as facilitate giveaways for attendees.

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