The chance to “buy fresh, buy local” and support new organic farmers and gardeners starts again Tuesday, June 4, when organically grown berries, vegetables, and flowers go on sale at the UCSC Farm & Garden’s Market Cart. The Market Cart will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. at the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus (corner of Bay and High streets).

The unusually warm, dry spring weather means a larger-than-usual array of crops at the opening weeks of market cart, including organically grown strawberries, blueberries, and an array of tender lettuces and other greens, along with turnips, beets, kohlrabi, scallions, summer squash, and Meyer lemons. Spring flower bouquets will also be available.

As the growing season progresses, shoppers can look forward to sweet corn, dry-farmed tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, sweet and hot peppers, apples, pears, basil, winter squash and much more.

All produce is grown at the UCSC Farm & Garden by staff and students in the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, an organic farmer and gardener training program of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).

If you’re interested in getting a weekly box of produce from the UCSC Farm, there are still shares left in the Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, with the first pickup day on Tuesday, June 4 and a new weekly pickup site available at the Westside Farm and Feed on Swift Street. The CSA season runs through early November. For details, call (831) 459-3240, email casfs@ucsc.edu, or see: http://tinyurl.com/ucscfarmcsa.

The Market Cart will be open through early November. For more information, call (831) 459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu. For more information on CASFS activities, see http://casfs.ucsc.edu.