Campus Notebook: Moving Fruits

Posted August 8, 2008 at 4:54pm

Just a couple of weeks after it opened, the House farmers market has moved to a new location.

[IMGCAP(1)]On July 15, the market opened in a corner of Cannon Carry-Out, offering staffers local produce such as collard greens and cucumbers. But when Congress left, the Cannon shop closed — leaving the new venture without a place to offer its wares.

So a week ago, officials moved it to the Longworth Building, where the vegetables and fruit have a shelf at Goodies. It will stay there until Congress is back in session, at which point the market will return to Cannon, said Aidan Murphy, vice president of operations for Restaurant Associates, which runs the House cafeterias.

Prices depend on the season and the fruit (or vegetable), but can range from 40 cents for a bunch of mint to $4.95 for two quarts of zucchini (or about six units).

The market is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Murphy said the market will close for the season when products aren’t available within a 100-mile radius.

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