The University Of The West Indies Supports Farmers

Imagine a world where you could shop for fresh produce at an upper class University but pay downtown prices. Well you don’t have to imagine it, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has made it possible.

UWI Farmers Market August 2015 www.lifeofajamaican.wordpress.com

This Friday UWI will host yet another farmers market to make it easier for students and staff to access quality fresh produce at the most competitive prices. At the end of each month UWI invites sellers from the Coronation Market (Downtown) to sell their food on campus. They are given tents which are placed on the lawns directly across from the School of Nursing or MITS, Just beside the new hall.

The farmers sell all the ground provisions, fresh fruits and vegetables that are currently available or in season.

UWI Farmer's Market www.lifeofajamaican.com

Cars line up to get it while its hot.

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Feel free to negotiate with the farmers, they are very reasonable!

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I always try to make it early, so I can catch the worms. #earlybird
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With prices so low, they are literally saving students’ lives!

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Lovely flowers are also sold. Enjoy shopping in the ambiance defined by good Jamaican music.

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This union UWI has formed with the farmers/sellers is mutually beneficial and I hope this initiative continues indefinitely. What I would really like is for this event to be hosted a little more frequently. If staged every fortnight it would eliminate the need to travel to downtown to purchase food. Given the shelf life of fresh food, students and staff would still have to visit downtown while they wait for the next farmer’s market.

-Aldeam Facey 2015

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