Fresh Produce on Campus

When thinking about Purdue University, located in the corn belt, you would assume that there would be an abundance of fresh foods for students to enjoy.

Purdue senior Ally Wong said that the availability of fresh produce has changed dramatically over the past three years.

“Moving to Indiana from California, I was really surprised to find that there was minimal accessibility for a new student to access fresh foods,” Wong said. “Most students didn’t have unlimited access to dining courts and now there are many options for students on campus without a car, to buy fresh food”.

Wong said that this is really important that they have made this change and she is thankful as a senior that fresh food is more assessable than ever.

Here are three places Wong recommends students on campus to purchase their fresh produce.

  • Fresh City Market:
    • Fresh City Market was welcomed to the Purdue community two years ago and they focus on high quality products, customer service and responsible sourcing.
    • Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.
    • 720 Northwestern Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906
  • 3rd Street Market:
    •  3rd Street Market has many snacks, a large variety of drinks and fresh pre-made meals, fruits and vegetables for students and visitors to purchase.
    • You can use cash, credit cards, Dining Dollars and BoilerExpress at 3rd Street Market.
    • Open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    • 1196 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906
  • The Purdue Farmers Market:
    • Purdue’s Farmers Market provides staff, faculty and students healthy, local produce and prepared lunches every Thursday.
    • The market will return May 4, 2017 – October 26, 2017
    • Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Oval Drive which is located on Memorial Mall.

Forbes found that millennials still prefer cheap and convenient food, but that we are also willing to pay for fresh and healthy food. Purdue has adapted to this growing demand, and Wong along with many others are thankful for positive change.

When purchasing your produce here are three fun facts that Good 2 Grow put together to help you get the best bang for your buck. Wether you’re at the store or the farmers market, keep these facts in mind.

  1. Not all fresh ingredients are equal
  2. Proper storage is essential
  3. Careful preparation leads to healthy meals

Here are tips to ensure you are buying, keeping and preparing the freshest and safest produce.

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains that you should always inspect raw produce for any bruising or damage.
  • If fresh foods are left out for too long, they may be exposed to bacteria, which will lead them to go bad. FoodSafety.gov explains that you’ll want to store any perishable fruits and vegetables in the fridge with the temperature set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
  • Always wash your hands before handling any food or ingredient.
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Photo Credit: Fresh City Market website.
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Photo Credit: Purdue Exponent website. 
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