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Lunch at the Market
- Green Tidings Food Truck
Farm to Table Cuisine
The Green Tidings Food Truck is the University of Maryland’s gourmet mobile dining service. Our mission is to feature local, sustainable cuisine providing a fresh, new way for students and faculty to eat on campus. Green Tidings purchases its food from local farmers and various vendors who are certified humane or local in the PA, MD, VA, & NJ areas.
Our goal is to have Green Tidings serve 20% sustainable food by 2020. Green Tidings knows that being “green” goes beyond sustainable food and ingredients alone. We provide customers with recyclable and compostable food packaging and we collect compost on-site. In our kitchens, we compost, recycle and donate unused food to the Food Recovery Network – a student group responsible for donating campus leftovers to those in need— whenever possible.
The future of food is very bright at UMD. Green Tidings changes its menu every two weeks – providing seasonal, fresh & modern food options to the campus community. We pride ourselves on providing a great food quality experience with friendly service. Enjoy!
- Maryland Dairy
Maryland University made Ice Cream
In April 2014, the Dairy Salesroom moved from Turner Hall to the Stamp Student Union and became Maryland Dairy. Maryland Dairy continues to offer traditional flavors in addition to UMD themed flavors such as Fear the Turtle. Guests can enjoy Maryland Dairy ice cream by the scoop in a cup or cone, in a Sundae, Banana Split, Root Beer Float, and a decadent Hand Spun Milkshake. Ice cream is also available in Half gallons and 3 gallon tubs.
This semester, Maryland Dairy in the Stamp Student Union will celebrate 90 years of dairy ice cream at the University of Maryland. The celebration kicks off in October with an exclusive Pumpkin Swirl Ice Cream, and UMD Premium ice cream specials for Homecoming Week. New, seasonal flavors will debut in November and December, and Chef Jeff Russo and his team are creating new menu items that will be featured throughout the semester. The celebration concludes with a 90th Anniversary Party on the last day of classes.
Stamp Student Union
3972 Campus Drive
The University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Monday – Friday
11:00am – 4:30pm
Accepts Credit Cards
- Country Vittles from Critter Hill Farm
Country Vittles from Critter Hill Farm is family owned and operated. Though their usual product includes all natural, preservative free meats such as beef, pork, goat, rabbit, chicken, turkey, lamb, and free brown brown eggs, they also bring pumpkins and gourds when in season. Country Vittles also sells pasteurized, non-homogenized whole goats milk.
Their beef is born, raised and finished naturally on their farm. Their cow herd consists of purebred Herefords and Hereford Influenced Baldies. All are bred to their purebred Hereford bulls. The beef is pasture raised on a diet of grass, haylage and corn silage when needed. They do not use any hormones to raise any of their meats; therefore, they are all natural. Their beef hangs for at least 21 days to insure a tender and flavorful cut of meat.
ALL NEW PRODUCT: Country Vittles is adding cheese to their line up this 2018 Season from Liberty View Creamery:
Plain, Onion and Chives, Garlic and Basil, Dill and Garlic, and Chesapeake
Plain, Italian, Tomato and Basil,
Plain Cheddar, Jalapeno Cheddar
Country Vittles from Critter Hill Farm
Accepts Credit Cards
- Cove Point Winery
Cove Point Winery is the oldest winery in southern Maryland and thirteenth oldest in the state. Entering its eleventh year, Cove Point has grown from a couple tanks in the basement to a full warehouse in vineyard. They make a wide variety of wines: dry whites, dry reds, light and sweet wines, and several delicious wines. All told they make thirty wines and would love to introduce you to them.
- RavenHook Bakehouse
RavenHook Bakehouse formerly Girardot’s Crumbs is an artisan bakery based in DC that produces fine European Style Crust breads and sweets. Girardot’s Crumbs sells their products strictly in DC-area farmers markets. Made with the finest, all natural ingredients, their breads have delighted market customers for the last eight years.
- McCleaf’s Orchards
McCleaf’s is a 6th generation family farm. The 52 acre historic farm grows apples, peaches, plums, apricots, pears, cherries, pluots, kiwi berries, other unique fruit offerings as well as a wide variety of vegetables and herbs.
McCleaf’s Orchard has a strong commitment to growing food as sustainably as possible. They practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM), minimizing the use of chemicals by reducing destructive insects in the orchards, while at the same time maintaining a health quality product.
Their commitment to sustainable farming and providing great produce for generations is made evident by earning a Pennsylvania Preserved Farm designation in 2008.
Accepts Credit Cards
- Randalia Beehive
honey and beeswax products
Randalia Beehive has an apiary on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. There, they produce raw, unprocessed, and chemical-free honey. They have a variety of honeys, including blueberry and orange blossom. Randalia also offers other beeswax products like handcrafted beeswax candles, melts, hand crafted lip balms, and infused oil.
- Beads by Bettina
Hand Crafted Jewelry
Beads by Bettina features jewelry handcrafted by Bettina Pressman. Bettina translates her love of painting and and her eye for design into each piece. The jewelry is characterized by rich colors, pleasing shapes, and lightweight materials.
Spring Season Dates : April 1, April 17, April 23, May 1, May 8, May 22
- Valencia’s Produce
Valencia’s is a small scale farm located in historic Westmoreland County, Virginia. They grow seasonfal fruits and vegetables, as well as a variety of herbs. Valencia’s practices Integrated Pest Management, an environmentally sensitive and reduced-chemical method of pest management, to healthily grow their crops, Their wide variety of fruits and vegetables include asparagus, black-eyed peas, blueberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cantaloupe melon, watermelon, sweet corn, cucumbers, garlic, tomatoes, lettuce mixes and herbs.
Accepts Credit Cards
- Pinkava Coffee Company
Local Brewed Coffee
Pinkava Coffee Company
What started out as roasting coffee on a 1lb roaster in a garage as a hobby quickly snowballed into something much bigger. We now roast on a 12kg roaster in a commercial space we lovingly refer to as our “glam garage”. As our physical space has grown, so has our offerings – we proudly source Fair Trade, Organic, as well as Conventional specialty grade coffees from small farms and co-ops around the world.
Drink great coffee. Do greater things.
Accepts Credit Cards
- The Market
- When and where will the Farmers Market be held? The Farmers Market at Maryland will be held every Wednesday from 11am to 3pm at Tawes Plaza Garden (3900 Campus Drive). The 2018 Season begins April 4, 2018 and ends November 14, 2018.
- How long will the Farmers Market run? The market will run through November. The final market of the 2018 season is November 14, 2018.
- Will the market ever be cancelled? The market will be held rain or shine. However, severe weather, or the threat of severe weather, may force us to cancel a market for everyone’s safety. When possible, notice of a cancellation will be posted on the website and on our Facebook page and Twitter account.
- Why should I shop at a farmers market? Farmers markets provide an opportunity to purchase food directly from local farms. Local food is full of flavor, harvested at its nutritional peak, and available at the market soon after. It doesn’t travel long distances, so buying from local farms also reduces the environmental impact of bringing food to your table (the average food item travels about 1,500 miles to reach us) while providing support for the local economy.
- Who is sponsoring the Farmers Market at Maryland? The Farmers Market at Maryland is organized and managed by the Department of Dining Services.
- Why host a farmers market on campus when there are other markets available in the College Park area? We believe it is important to introduce students to the health and environmental benefits of shopping at farmers markets. We hope to teach them how to use local farm products to create healthy meals and support sustainable agriculture. We believe our community of nearly 40,000 students, faculty, and staff will see value in having convenient access to a weekly farmers market on campus.
- Is the market open to the public? Yes, everyone is welcome at The Farmers Market at Maryland.
- How can students help with the farmers market? One of the best ways students can support the market is by coming to the market and buy products from the farmers. Use your voice and your social network to tell your friends to visit and shop at the market. Students can also volunteer to assist the farmers and market manager with weekly market staffing, setup and cleanup.
- How do I apply for an Internship with the Farmers Market? Email your resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to work with the Farmers Market at Maryland to TerpMarketManager@umd.edu with subject line “Farmers Market Internship.” Please indicate in your cover letter if you are interested in a Spring or Summer internship position.
- Our Vendors
- What does it mean to be a “local” farmer? All of our vendors are traveling from no more than 250 miles away.
- Is the market a “producers only” market? Yes, our vendors are only permitted to sell items which they themselves have grown or produced.
- What can I buy at the market? You are able to purchase a wide variety of fresh produce, free range eggs, meats such as beef, goat, lamb and chicken, artisan breads, pickles, baked goods, and pastries.
- Do the vendors sell “organic” food? There are very few “certified organic” farmers in this area, and none of our current vendors are certified. However, all of our farmers are using sustainable farming practices as much as possible. We encourage shoppers to ask the farmers about their farming methods.
- Is the food safe to eat? Yes. Our vendors must comply with all federal, state, and local health and safety requirements and hold appropriate permits or certificates.
- Parking & Directions
- Where is the Farmers Market? The Farmers Market is located along Campus Drive at Tawes Plaza Gardens next to the Benjamin Building.
- How do I get to the Farmers Market? The Maryland campus is pedestrian-friendly, and we encourage walking to the market, if possible, to limit the impact on the environment. Use the UMD Web Map to plan your walking route. There is parking and public transit options also available. See below.
- Is parking available? Yes, pay-by-space parking is available nearby in the Union Lane Garage.
- What are my public transportation options to get to the market? Both Metro buses and Shuttle-UM share a covered stop in front of Cole Student Activities Building. Metro buses with a drop-off near Cole – C2, C8, J4, and F6. Metrorail stations served by Shuttle-UM – College Park Metro station, West Hyattsville, Prince George’s County Plaza, and Silver Spring.
- Payment Options
- Will credit cards be accepted? The ability to accept credit cards varies vendor by vendor, but several of our vendors are able to accept credit cards. Specifically, McCleaf’s Orchards, Country Vittles, and Valencia Produce are all able to accept credit cards. Capitol One and SECU ATM machines are located on the ground floor of Stamp Student Union.
- Can I pay with my Terrapin Express card? No, our vendors cannot accept Terrapin Express.
- Are farmers market nutrition program (FMNP) vouchers accepted? Yes. Both of our produce vendors – McCleaf’s Orchards and Valencia Produce accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, both Maryland WIC FMNP vouchers and Senior FMNP vouchers.
- Are SNAP benefits accepted? No. We are not yet licensed to accept SNAP vouchers.