The Central Student Government, University Unions and Michigan Dining will host the fourth annual Farmers’ Market on three days this fall at locations on Central Campus and North Campus.

The market will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 at the outdoor portico near the Duderstadt Center on North Campus, and Oct. 16 on the courtyard patio at the Michigan Union.

Each market will offer fresh fruits and vegetables, and cut flower bouquets from local farms available for purchase, as well as cooking demonstrations, free samples and giveaways, easy recipes, and tips for healthy and sustainable eating.

“This year’s market will be more student-focused with our goal to shed light on the many ways student groups across campus are promoting locally grown food, sustainable living, and healthy eating,” said Parisa Soraya of CSG’s Health Issues Commission.

“We are very excited to provide an easy and fun way for students to learn about healthy choices and cooking tips by bringing together fresh produce with the farmers that grow and harvest it.”

Shoppers peruse the produce at one of U-M’s Farmers’ Markets in 2013. (Photo by Laura Seagram, University Unions.)

Additional support is being provided by MHealthy, Center for Campus Involvement, University Health Services, Graham Institute, University Catering, Planet Blue, the Office of Campus Sustainability, the Student Sustainability Initiative and University Unions food retail operations.

“Local purchasing has become very important to the University of Michigan community and we want to provide opportunities for our faculty, staff and students to see and learn about the many initiatives that are taking place on our campus,” said Patrick Schmid, Michigan Dining retail operations manager.

“The Farmers’ Market is a fun and informative avenue to showcase our work with local suppliers, as well as our additional sustainable efforts. It is also a great way to foster collaboration and build community among various campus units that have shared interests.”

This year’s markets will feature fresh produce from Zilke Farm in Milan, Todoscuiks Farm in Howell, Lesser Farms in Dexter, and the U-M Campus Farm.

Those attending the markets are invited to bring their own reusable bags, or reusable bags will be provided.

The theme of this year’s market is “Buy it Local, Cook it Global,” which showcases the diverse food dishes that individuals can create with various ingredients purchased at the market.