Benefits of local fruits and vegetables


Penn State is surrounded by farms which provide easy access to local fruits and vegetables.  At this time of year, the harvest is especially plentiful.  There are many reasons to buy local produce.

  • Consuming freshly picked fruits and veggies at their peak provides the best flavor AND nutrition.
  • Meeting the farmer has it’s perks. Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Farmers markets give you the opportunity to greet and shake the hand of the farmer that feeds you.
  • Buying local supports a healthy and vibrant local economy.
  • Trying something new is always fun. Have you ever tried rhubarb or yellow watermelon? Local famers often provide fruits and veggies that aren’t commonplace in the grocery store.

The State College Farmers Market is a short walk from campus.  It’s on Locust Lane (between College Avenue and Calder Way) on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30am-5:30pm.  There are additional farmers markets in the State College area.

To find out what’s in season, check out this seasonal produce guide.

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