UCSC 'market cart' opens for the season June 4

It's easy to grab a bag of fresh organic salad mix or a bouquet of spring posies at the UCSC Farm & Garden market cart, which opens this year on Friday, June 4.

Located at the base of campus by the main entrance to UC Santa Cruz, the popular produce and flower stand brings the fresh organic bounty of the UCSC Farm and Garden to cooks and flower lovers twice a week through early fall. It will be open every Tuesday and Friday afternoon from noon until 6 p.m. in front of the Barn Theater at the intersection of Bay and High streets.

The array of fresh organic fruits and vegetables grows as the season progresses, but early offerings include tender lettuces, sweet carrots, tasty beets, and chard. As summer progresses, watch for sweet corn, flavorful dry-farmed tomatoes, gourmet potatoes, an array of sweet and hot peppers, apples, basil and other herbs, and more.

The cart will be open into the fall, depending on the length of the growing season. All proceeds benefit the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food System's apprenticeship program in ecological horticulture. For more information, call (408) 459-3240.