VCU students buy local, healthy at farmer’s market

November 9, 2012

Online Story by Martha Brickey
Video Story by Kathlynn Stone
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — On a college student’s budget, eating healthy isn’t always a priority.  However, students have started to turn to local farmer’s markets as an alternative to grocery stores.

“We have too many peppers for, like, a dollar,” said one market-goer.

The demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has increased activity at farmer’s markets across the nation.  In fact, the Department of Agriculture has found that the farmer’s market activity has increased 10 percent in the past year.

Markets, like the Byrd House Market located near the VCU campus, have been providing students with local and affordable fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.  With around 30 vendors, the Byrd House Market is held every Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m.

For just ten dollars and a quick show of their student ID cards, students can easily get a basket of fruits and vegetable to take home.

Eating healthy is important to many students, including Mary Carter.  She has been waiting for this farmer’s market for months. “I got radishes, like, a whole thing of carrots, four or five apples, red peppers, green peppers,” Carter said.

For some students, eating fast and on the go is the only time they have to eat their meal.  But fast doesn’t always mean expensive or unhealthy.

VCU Wellness Resource Center Intern, knows college students on on a budget.