Fresh fruits and vegetables, kettle corn, jerky and delectable frozen treats are just a few of the offerings at a Farmers Market planned at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
The fun event that will allow visitors to explore the offerings of local vendors and learn about other activities being planned by campus organizations, takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Reeve Union mall. Sodexo, the campus food service provider, serves as host of the market.
“This year, the focus of our Farmers Market is to bring local vendors and the UWO community together, with Sodexo, to provide the campus community with an exciting event to kick off the school year and fall season,” said Dakota Lorrig, who is marketing coordinator for Sodexo at UW Oshkosh.
Lorrig said the goal behind “going local” with vendors is to show members of the UW Oshkosh community what Oshkosh and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Students often aren’t familiar with local restaurants or businesses that offer healthy and sustainable food sources. The event brings convenience and healthy eating options to campus.
“The market provides a small opportunity for the UWO community to learn about the local vendors that Sodexo utilizes at UWO, as well as businesses that offer healthy sustainable food sources in the Oshkosh area,” Lorrig said.
Representatives of campus organizations, including Reeve Union Board, will be on hand to promote their events and activities.
Two of the many vendors expected for the UWO Farmers Market are Creekside Aquaponics and Oshkosh Food Co-op.
Based in Neenah, Creekside Aquaponics prides itself on sustainability efforts and ability to provide fresh produce year-round. The company uses a soil-less tank that uses filtered water and fish waste to produce organic lettuce.
“We are excited to work with a company that works so diligently to produce year-round lettuce that can be locally sourced in Wisconsin—not many companies can say that,” Lorrig said.
The Oshkosh Food Co-Op is a member-owned and operated nonprofit organization in Oshkosh that connects the Oshkosh community with food sources. The organization is building a grocery store that will offer benefits to its members, including dividends and bulk discounts on grocery items. Proceeds and memberships help fuel the growth and success of the organization within the community.