Fresh Produce at IUPUI

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 The fresh market was first introduced to IUPUI’s campus in 2012 as a way to aid Healthy IU in bringing awareness to locally grown food and its benefits.

The next time you can visit the Fresh Produce Market in IUPUI’s Campus Center is Feb. 21. The set up will be located on the first floor in front of the new Market from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The market offers a variety of local fruits and veggies that change with the season. The market also includes a chef's sampling and a take-home kit for purchase, and (on occasion) a chef created lunch item created from food available for sale at the pop-up.

Healthy IU’s website encourages students and staff  to “Bring a friend and grab some fresh produce at-cost (no price markups!)at the IUPUI Fresh Produce Market! The market offers a variety of local fruits and veggies that change with the season.”


The idea of a fresh produce market on campus was composed through the collaboration and support of IUPUI Food Services (Chartwells), Healthy IU, IUPUI Office of Sustainability, and the University College wellness committee which includes: Office of Auxiliary Services, University College, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, IUPUI Campus Health, Office of Campus Facility Services, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU School of Medicine Wellness Committee, Human Resources Administration, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

Since its creation in 2012, the event has taken place the third Thursday of every month (adjusted as needed for holidays, events, etc.) It used to be held inside the food court of the campus center, but with the construction, the fresh produce market can be seen on the first floor outside of the new “Market.” On occasion, a mini set up is provided at Tower Dining by IUPUI Food Services.

During the growing season, the locally grown produce featured and sold in the market is provided by IUPUI’s own gardens. We have two campus gardens the Central Garden and the New York Street Garden, both managed by DIGS (Developing IUPUI Gardens Sustainability) . Chartwells’ local distributor Piazza Produce also helps supply fresh produce to the monthly market. Piazza is a sustainability-driven company, that offers a variety of produce and specialty items, all of the highest quality within our community.

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