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Luncheon features locally grown food

Sept. 9, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Dining Services will feature locally grown foods at an event from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 16, in the Bernhard Cafe as part of the University's sustainability efforts.

Students, University employees and guests are invited to the Farmer's Market Luncheon, which will feature a variety of meats, produce and ingredients that are produced in Michigan. Fresh menu selections will include cheddar cheese stout soup, creamy coleslaw, Polish kielbasa, barbecue chicken quarters, autumn roasted vegetables and baked stuffed apples.

As part of this event, the farmers that produced the food for the luncheon will be on campus. The menu, prices, and the location of the farm or processor for each menu item are available online.

Additionally, all residence hall dining rooms will serve the Farmer's Market menu during the lunch meal period from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the event. Information about the farms and the locally sourced initiative in Dining Services will be featured for students and guests throughout residence hall dining rooms as part of the Farmer's Market Luncheon.

Supporting the WMU sustainability initiative, Dining Services is committed to serving food products grown or processed in the Great Lakes states. The purpose of the locally sourced initiative is to reduce the carbon foot-print of transporting goods from processors to end users, and reducing the miles that food travels before it reaches the plate.

The Farmer's Market Luncheon is part of a holistic health-centered event on campus. Employees will have an opportunity to learn more about the Western Wellness One-to-One program Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 15-17, in the Bernhard Center. Western Wellness will share resources for eating fresh, locally grown foods Sept. 16.

For more information about the luncheon, contact Judy Gipper at judy.gipper@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4844 or visit the Farmer's Market Luncheon online.

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