Stop by the farmers’ market at the Washington University medical campus in the Central West End on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm, and you can get in on a farm-fresh boxed lunch that’s gaining in popularity.
“The Wellness Council at the university came up with the idea of the market to promote healthier eating. A medical student suggested we offer a lunch,” says Marcia Schechter, owner of Grandma’s Nuts, one of the vendors.
Agreeing that lunch was a great idea, Schechter and her counterparts got on board. “The first week, we each brought enough product for 20 boxes,” she says. “We pack everything in a cake box, add cutlery, a napkin and our label. Now, we’re up to 55 lunches.”
The box includes a salad of just-picked greens from Veggie Boy with olive oil and olives from Olea Estates, a roll from Great Harvest Bread Company, a luscious farmstead yogurt from Windcrest Dairy in Trenton, Ill., and a 2-ounce snack pack of Grandma’s Nuts. The wholesome lunch is available for $8.50, tax included.
The best surprise last Thursday: two ripe strawberries, perfectly red plopped in the box for an extra two bits.
To get there, enter the market from Forest Park Parkway at Euclid. Walk straight back between the Applebee’s and the Center for Advanced Medicine building, about one block. The market is near Barnes & Noble.