words/captions_julia smart & devin cordero
January 31, 2012
Once a week, students and faculty at UM can look forward to a wider selection for lunch on campus. Beginning its fourth semester running, the Well ‘Canes Farmers Market continues to attract a variety of vendors and food-savvy shoppers. For many at UM, the market is a welcome break from dining hall monotony, and in addition to freshly prepared foods, students can stock their kitchen with fresh produce and choose from an array of exotic teas and spices, as pictured below.
The Well ’Canes Farmers Market is held every Wednesday on the Foote University Green between the UC Post Office and the Richter Library. The market is open from 9AM to 2PM, and it is expected to be held weekly through the end of the semester.
1. Vilma Montoya – “Tu propia comida es tu propia medicina.” Peruvian cuisine vendor Vilma Montoya considers the health benefits of each ingredient as she prepares her guacamole.
2. The Guacamole House – Vilma Montoya’s Guacamole House offers all-natural guacamole, Peruvian ceviches and salsas, and the traditional Peruvian beverage Chicha Morada.
3. Harmony Kettle Corn – Between handing out free samples, vendor David Guerrero prepares hot bags of sweet and salty popcorn for Harmony Kettle Corn.
4. Spices & teas – An array of exotic spices and teas for sale by weight at the Well ‘Canes Farmers Market.
5. Produce – Shoppers choose from brightly colored fresh produce for sale. Despite the fact that most of the produce for sale at the market is grown locally and organically, participating farmers are able to charge competitive prices because they pay less in shipping costs and can sell their produce directly to consumers, eliminating costly middlemen such as grocery stores.
6. Guarapo – UM freshman Ryan Cottone enjoys guarapo, the Spanish term for raw sugar cane juice consumed in tropical regions and popular throughout Latin America. In this shot, the drink is being freshly prepared by vendor Juan Carlos.