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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

As the semester winds down, make sure to really take it all in before you leave campus. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve created a list of the top places you must visit on your stroll down memory lane.

Take pictures at each stop, tag us, and use the hashtag #MUEats to be entered to win a Fuji Film Instax camera! (Must be following @MiamiUDining on Twitter to win. Winner will be chosen Tuesday, 5/9 at noon.)

  1. Your Old Favorite Dining Hall
    Take a trip to your old favorite dining hall and get all you care to eat like it’s first semester freshman year again.
  2. Dividends Salad
    Everyone loves the Miami University exclusive sweet herb dressing. Throw it on some of Trader Green’s fresh greens and salad fixings and snap a pic!
  3. Wing Wednesday
    Whether you’re getting your wings fix at Wing Bar, Garden Market, Dividends, Martin or Harris, there’s something special about celebrating Wing Wednesday! Celebrate by getting wings in your favorite sauce with a side of celery or carrots.
  4. Miami Ice Gelato
    Handmade ice cream on meal plan … what could be better? Get your favorite flavor and mix-ins. If you don’t have a favorite, try the Miami exclusive Red Brick Bliss ice cream from Young’s Dairy!
  5. The Q
    It’s only been here for this school year, but The Q has quickly become a fan favorite. Get your favorite barbecue dishes and sides. Don’t forget about the loaded nachos or barbecue flatbread pizza!
  6. La Mia Cucina
    La Mia is Miami’s very exclusive sit down restaurant. Get a chicken parm or a fresh panini and sit with your friends in this classic joint located right in Harris Dining Commons.
  7. Late Night Pulley
    Late night and Pulley Diner. Name a more iconic duo … I’ll wait. Got a hankering for mozz sticks at 2:30 AM? Get them from Pulley; open 24/7 and all on meal plan!
  8. Weekend Brunch
    Throw it back to freshman year Sundays recapping the weekend’s events with your friends in the closest dining hall over a delicious brunch spread. Bring your pals and reminisce on all the classic tales of your time here at Miami.
  9. Garlic Bites
    Make sure you bring some gum because once you start eating the garlic bites offered at various locations around campus (Garden Commons is a good start), you won’t be able to stop. These addictive bites of warm, garlicky goodness are sure to satisfy.
  10. Favorite Late Night Study Snack
    Up late studying? Grab your favorite late night study snack from King Cafe and relive the countless study dates you’ve had over the years!
  11. Favorite Ice Cream from the Market
    Whether it’s Ben and Jerry’s, Madisono’s Gelato, Halo Top or another one of your favorite brands, get your favorite pint from Market Street at MacCracken or Emporium and enjoy with friends to cool down on a hot, end-of-semester day.
  12. Scoreboard Market
    Scoreboard Market was a student favorite even before it underwent renovation with Martin Dining Hall last year. It has quickly become a student favorite again, offering all your favorite to-go food making it a great trip down memory lane, especially for those who are graduating. Mini corn dogs? Spicy chicken sandwich? Whatever you fancy, snap a pic and send it our way while you sit back and enjoy Scoreboard’s great variety of a la carte delicacies.

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Local Vendor Day (Spring 2017) Recap

Hosted at Market Street at MacCracken once a semester, Local Vendor Day is a day where local vendors – whose products are sold out of Market Street – visit Miami University, giving students the opportunity to meet some of the wonderful people behind their favorite on-campus, local products. There are also plenty of free samples!

On April 20, Market Street hosted the spring rendition even as rain clouds loomed above. Students joined us outside Market Street, spoke with our vendors in attendance and enjoyed free samples including chips and salsa, fresh cilantro, gelato and sorbet, chocolates and other tasty sweets. We were also joined by the Pineridge Partners, a local band from Somerville, who provided a lovely soundtrack for the event.

Whether you missed out or want to know more about your favorite vendors, below are those who were able to attend the spring event. Read up on our Local Vendor Day from the fall, and be sure to stop by Market Street to purchase their incredible local products!

Check out our full photo album from Local Vendor Day on our Facebook page!


Madisono’s Gelato

Website: http://www.madisonogelato.com

Offering free samples of their Carmello & Sea Salt gelato and Strawberry Lemon Sorbetto, Madisono’s Gelato specializes in hand-crafted, unique artisanal flavors of gelato and sorbet. It’s sold on campus out of Market Street at MacCracken.

Check out our “Locally Grown” piece about Madisono’s Gelato and learn how a shiitake mushroom farmer learned how to make gelato.


The Organic Farm at Bear Creek

Website: http://www.organicfarmatbearcreek.com

The Organic Farm at Bear Creek provides a wide range of tasty products to Market Street, including salsa, pasta sauce, jams, soups and tea. At Local Vendor Day, co-owner Sandra Ashba handed out samples of the flavorful, fresh salsa and some delicious jam. 

Check out our “Locally Grown” piece on The Organic Farm and how they ensure consistency in their products by using family heirloom seeds.


Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Website: http://winanscandies.com

Winans Chocolates + Coffees is a fourth generation family owned chocolate and coffee company located in Piqua. They provided free samples of their delicious chocolate-covered pretzels and more. Winans sells chocolates at Market Street at MacCracken.


Windy Acres

Website: http://www.windyacresonline.com

Windy Acres was back at Local Vendor Day with a wide variety of sweet treats for samples. Windy Acres has been a fixture of the area for years and for many, their candy is nostalgic. Purchase your own sweet supply at Market Street and check out our “Locally Grown” piece on Windy Acres.


Miami University Institute for Food

Website: http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/centers/iff/index.html

The Miami University Institute for Food and farm is an interdisciplinary experiential learning project dedicated to cultivating an awareness around issues of food, health, and sustainable agriculture. Purchase your own fresh produce from the Institute for Food at Market Street.

Check out our “Locally Grown” piece about the Miami University Institute for Food from this fall.


Heather’s Goodies

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Heathers-Goodies

Delicious baked bread from Heather’s Goodies was available to sample at Local Vendor Day. Heather’s Goodies is based out of Bellbrook and their products can be purchased at Market Street.


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Recapping Local Vendor Day (Fall 2016)

Twice a year, Market Street at MacCracken hosts Local Vendor Day, where local vendors visit Miami University, giving students the opportunity to meet some of the wonderful people behind their favorite on-campus, local products. And, of course, there are free samples!

The fall rendition, on October 6, was no different. Bathed in the sunlight from a beautiful fall day, 11 vendors set up tables and spoke with students about their products while the Pineridge Partners, a local band from Somerville, played music.

Burgers, gelato, chocolate, candy, baked goods and more were available to sample, but those products are readily available for students now. All the vendors sell out of Market Street at MacCracken!

So, learn a little more about the vendors who attended the event, and be sure to stop by Market Street to purchase their incredible local products!

Check out more photos from Local Vendor Day on our Facebook page!


Madisono’s Gelato

Website: http://www.madisonogelato.com

Offering free samples of their Carmello & Sea Salt gelato, Madisono’s Gelato specializes in hand-crafted, unique artisanal flavors of gelato and sorbet. It’s sold on campus out of Market Street at MacCracken and Emporium.

Check out our “Locally Grown” piece about Madisono’s Gelato and learn how a shiitake mushroom farmer learned how to make gelato.


The Organic Farm at Bear Creek

Website: http://www.organicfarmatbearcreek.com

The Organic Farm at Bear Creek provides a wide range of tasty products to Market Street, including salsa, pasta sauce, jams, soups and tea. At Local Vendor Day, owners Jeff and Sandra Ashba handed out samples of the flavorful, fresh salsa.

Check out our “Locally Grown” piece on The Organic Farm and how they ensure consistency in their products by using family heirloom seeds.


Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Website: http://winanscandies.com

Winans Chocolates + Coffees is a fourth generation family owned chocolate and coffee company located in Piqua. They provided free samples of their chocolate-covered espresso beans and chocolate-covered pretzels. Winans sells chocolates at Market Street at MacCracken, Emporium and King Cafe.


Reserve Run Family Farm

Website: http://www.reserverunfarm.com

Reserve Run Family Farm is the farm behind the delicious burgers offered at Maplestreet Station’s Encounter. Samples of burgers were available at Local Vendor Day. You can find Reserve Run’s tasty burgers at Encounter, and you can also pick up other Reserve Run Farm products at Market Street.

Check out “Locally Grown” piece on Reserve Run Farm and what makes their burgers so good.


Windy Acres

Website: http://www.windyacresonline.com

Windy Acres was back at Local Vendor Day with a wide variety of sweet treats for samples. Windy Acres has been a fixture of the area for years and for many, their candy is nostalgic. Purchase your own sweet supply at Market Street and check out our “Locally Grown” piece on Windy Acres.


Miami University Institute for Food

Website: http://miamioh.edu/cca/news/2016/02/food-Institute.html

The Miami University Institute for Food and farm is an interdisciplinary experiential learning project dedicated to cultivating an awareness around issues of food, health, and sustainable agriculture. Look for its fresh produce across campus dining services and purchase your own at Market Street.


Oxford Coffee Company

Website: http://oxfordcoffee.com

The Oxford Coffee Company attended Local Vendor Day with samples of its coffee. Bob Thurston, Miami professor of history emeritus, buys and roasts the finest possible green coffee beans to ensure excellent flavor, subtlety and character with each cup of coffee. The coffee is available at Market Street.


Chubby Bunny Bakery

Website: http://chubbybunnybakery.com

Chubby Bunny Bakery served up samples of its delicious gluten-free and vegan-baked goods, specifically their pumpkin muffins and chocolate chip cookies. Chubby Bunny Bakery products are made with organic ingredients and can be purchased out of Market Street.


Grandola Granola

Website: http://www.grandolagranola.com

Grandola Granola brought samples of its wonderful gourmet granola. The granola is nut-free, vegan and made by hand in small batches with organic and local ingredients. Grandola Granola is sold out of Market Street.

Check out our “Locally Grown” piece about Grandola Granola and learn more about how a daughter’s snack turned into a business.


Raphael’s Pizzelles

Website: http://www.raphaelspizzelles.com

Raphael’s Pizzelles visited us from Middletown and sampled a variety of their tasty pizzelle flavors like Citrus, Maple Walnut and even their seasonal Pumpkin. Pizzelles are a crispy Italian cookie and can be found at Market Street and Bell Tower Place.


Heather’s Goodies

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Heathers-Goodies

Heather’s Goodies joined us at Local Vendor Day and offered samples of their delicious baked bread, specifically banana blueberry bread. Heather’s Goodies is based out of Bellbrook and their products can be purchased at Market Street.

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Ice Cream Extravaganza Primer

Our first special dining event is upon us! With one week of fall semester in the books, we turn our attention to Garden Commons for the ultimate summer send-off.

🍦 Ice Cream Extravaganza 🍦

On Thursday, September 8th from 5-8pm, Garden Commons will be hosting ice cream and gelato experts who want to share their craft with you. Joining us — and serving their products — will be Madisono’s Gelato, Young’s Jersey Dairy and Miami Ice. Meanwhile, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Graeter’s have given us some fun things to give away during the dinner. It will be a true ice cream celebration!

Madisono’s Gelato is hand-crafted and features some really unique artisanal flavors. The Cincinnati-based company makes gelato and sorbetto that is sold out of Market Street at MacCracken, if you’re looking for your own pint!

Get to know Madisono’s Gelato with our “Locally Grown” piece

Young’s Jersey Dairy is based in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Young’s Dairy is more than just an ice cream maker, with a fun setup in Yellow Springs that is definitely worth a day-trip. You can treat yourself to Young’s Dairy ice cream with a stop by Encounter at Maplestreet Station!

Miami Ice, based out of Armstrong Student Center, makes their own fresh gelato in-house, in addition to their ice cream fold-in creations, and offers a variety of tasty flavors!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is based out of Columbus, Ohio and can be bought by the pint at Dorsey Market and Market Street at MacCracken.

Graeter’s is a local favorite, based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, and has a storefront uptown!

Relive Ice Cream Extravaganza from this past spring! – “We All Scream for Ice Cream (and Gelato) at Ice Cream Extravaganza!

What: Ice Cream Extravaganza

When: Thursday, September 8th from 5-8pm

Where: Garden Commons

We All Scream for Ice Cream (and Gelato) at Ice Cream Extravaganza!

The weather has been… well… let’s say “unpredictable”, but that doesn’t change the fact that summer is right around the corner and that means…

ICE CREAM!

So, as a way to beckon in the (presumably) warmer weather and give students a break from finals prep, we brought some ice cream and gelato experts in to help throw an Ice Cream Extravaganza at Garden Commons! Our guests were none other than Madisono’s Gelato, Young’s Jersey Dairy and Miami Ice, who all provided tastes of their refreshing products.

Madisono’s Gelato is hand-crafted and features some really unique artisanal flavors like Carmello & Sea Salt and Madagascar Vanilla, which were served Thursday. The Cincinnati-based company makes gelato and sorbetto that is sold out of Market Street at MacCracken, if you’re looking for your own pint!

Young’s Jersey Dairy visited us from Yellow Springs, Ohio. They brought vanilla, key lime crunch, strawberry, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate ice cream with them (and brought a cow – how could we ignore that?). Young’s Dairy is more than just an ice cream maker, with a fun setup in Yellow Springs that is definitely worth a day-trip. And, as always, you can treat yourself to Young’s Dairy ice cream with a stop by Encounter at Maplestreet Station!

Miami Ice also made the trek (aka 5 minute walk) to Garden Commons to provide students with some of their very own gelato. Based out of Armstrong Student Center, Miami Ice makes their own gelato in-house and offers a variety of tasty flavors! On Thursday, guests were treated to their choice of Birthday Cake, Red Orange and/or Red Velvet gelato!

Thank you everyone who joined us for our Ice Cream Extravaganza and we hope you enjoyed it! As always, keep tabs on the world of Miami University Dining by following us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook! Don’t miss out on any future events or specials!

Local Vendor Day Spring 2016

Whether it’s an old family recipe, a unqiue approach to their preparation, or just an interest in offering something different, local products have a special place in our heart stomach.

Local Vendor Day, held twice a year at Market Street at MacCracken, is an event where local vendors come to Miami University’s campus and share their products with a student body that values local.

On Wednesday’s spring rendition of this event, there were free samples ranging from candy, chocolates and gelato to burgers, salsa, hummus and vegan grahams. Students had the opportunity to meet the people behind the products, which are made by hand with the freshest of ingredients and – best of all – the full-sized portions are available just inside at the market!

Looking for more about our vendors? Those who attended are listed below. Be sure to stop by Market Street at MacCracken and pickup some of these truly wonderful, fresh, local items!

Chickpea Chicks

Website: http://www.chickpeachicks.com

Chickpea Chicks was offering up samples of their small batch, artisanal hummus and leading guests on a “hummus tour” from Toasted Sesame, all the way to Wasabi Green Onion (with Lemon Zowie, Smokin! and Cincy Style in between). Their hummus is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, has no preservatives and is available at Market Street!

Madisono’s Gelato

Website: http://www.madisonogelato.com

Madisono’s Gelato attended with some of their delicious Carmello & Sea Salt Gelato. Madisono’s specializes in hand-crafted, unique artisanal flavors of gelato and sorbet, which are gluten free, lower in fat than ice cream and are fresh from Cincinnati at Market Street! Looking for more info on Madisono’s? See how a mushroom farmer dove into the world of gelato (side note: did you know there’s an Ice Cream University?).

The Organic Farm at Bear Creek

Website: http://www.organicfarmatbearcreek.com

The Organic Farm at Bear Creek provides a wide range of tasty products to Market Street, including salsa, pasta sauce, jams, soups and tea. At Local Vendor Day, they handed out samples of their flavorful, fresh salsa, fresh from the farm. No really… none of the ingredients that go into their products, much less the completed product itself, have ever been off the farm until they are shipped to places like Market Street! Check out our “Locally Grown” piece on The Organic Farm and how they ensure consistency in their products by using family heirloom seeds.

Winan’s Chocolate + Coffees

Website: http://winanscandies.com

If you’re from the Dayton area, this likely isn’t the first time you’ve heard of Winan’s. Their delicious chocolate products, specifically their chocolate cover pretzels, were available at Local Vendor Day for sampling, and boy were they good. Be sure to get your chocolate fix by picking up some Winan’s chocolates from Market Street!

Reserve Run Family Farm

Website: http://www.reserverunfarm.com

Reserve Run Family Farm is the farm behind the delicious burgers offered at Maplestreet Station’s Encounter. Samples of their burgers were available at Local Vendor Day. The story behind their products is certainly an interesting one and one that warrants a read through in our “Locally Grown” series. You can find Reserve Run’s tasty burgers at Encounter, but you can also pick up other Reserve Run Farm products at Market Street!

Grateful Grahams

Website: https://www.gratefulgrahams.com

Grateful Grahams is a new face at Local Vendor Day with their handmade, vegan graham crackers, which are the perfect tasty snack for any occasion. They aren’t currently available in Market Street, but are scheduled to appear on the shelves come this fall, so set a reminder for when you come back to campus in August!

Windy Acres

Website: http://www.windyacresonline.com/store/

Windy Acres was back at Local Vendor Day with a wide variety of sweet treats for samples. Windy Acres has been a fixture of the area for years and for many, their candy is a bit nostalgic. Purchase your own sweet supply at Market Street and check out our “Locally Grown” piece on Windy Acres!

Ruby’s Chocolates

Website: http://www.rubyschocolates.com

Ruby’s Chocolates made the trip from just down the street (Hamilton, Ohio) to join us at Local Vendor Day, and we couldn’t be happier! They offered samples of their chocolate products, including Buckeyes and more. Ruby’s Chocolates is the perfect treat for those with a sweet tooth and they’re available at Market Street!

Thank you everyone who joined us for Local Vendor Day and a special thanks goes out to the vendors themselves who took the time to share their world-class products with us! We hope everyone involved had a great time!

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Local Vendor Day, Breads & Spreads, and Ice Cream Extravaganza

The spring semester is winding down and that means stress is at an all-time high, but we want to let you know that we are here to help! So, break away from the textbooks and dive into to the tasty food that will be available on Wednesday, May 4th and Thursday, May 5th!

After all, study breaks are a good thing.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Local Vendor Day

Market Street at MacCracken – 3-6pm

This is our second Local Vendor Day of the school year with the first taking place on a beautiful day back in October. The event is a great opportunity to meet some of the brilliant people behind some of the wonderful local products that can be purchased at Market Street at MacCracken. Our guests, including Grandola Granola, The Organic Farm at Bear Creek, Windy Acres, Winan’s Chocolates and Coffee, Heather’s Goodies, Madisono’s Gelato, Chickpea Chicks, Ruby’s Chocolates and Reserve Run Farm, are super friendly and more than happy to discuss their products with you!

Oh, and there are free samples of like… everything. Did you catch that? FREE.

Get to know Grandola Granola, The Organic Farm at Bear Creek, Windy Acres, Madisono’s Gelato and Reserve Run Farm with our “Locally Grown” series.

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Breads & Spreads

Harris Dining Center – 5-8pm

Breads & Spreads is back! Featuring a variety of appetizers, including local humus and salsa, plus pretzels and pita, this event is about the under-appreciated first course. We will be serving BBQ chicken dip, funfetti dip and other dips, sauces and foods for dipping.

We will also have one of our chefs there helping students create their own dip! Students can “make & take” their creation to-go to save for later!

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Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Ice Cream Extravaganza

Garden Commons – 5-8pm

Okay… we will give you one guess on what this event is about…

Of course! Ice cream!

As an end of the year celebration (and break from the textbooks), we are throwing an Ice Cream Extravaganza! Students will be able to enjoy some tasty gelato from our very own Miami Ice, but we will also have guests from Madisono’s Gelato and Young’s Jersey Dairy there serving some of their delicious gelato and ice cream!

Madisono’s Gelato, out of Cincinnati, is hand-crafted and features a variety of delicious, unique, artisanal flavors. Madisono’s, both gelato and sorbet, can be purchased, by the pint, at Market Street at MacCracken.

Get to know Madisono’s Gelato with our “Locally Grown” piece

Young’s Jersey Dairy supplies local ice cream for the milkshakes available at Encounter. Young’s Jersey Dairy, located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, also provides much of the ice cream used during different dining events or specials across campus. Uhh… yeah… this is going to be good.

This is an event you don’t want to miss!

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Locally Grown: Madisono’s Gelato

How does a shiitake mushroom farmer get into the business of making and selling sorbet and gelato?

Well, if you’re Matt Madison, it starts with a passion for food and a search for authenticity.

Last week, Madison attended Miami University’s Local Vendor Day as the owner of Madisono’s Gelato. There was a time though, when Madison was a farmer, growing and selling mushrooms and other specialty produce to chefs and restaurants in the Cincinnati area.

He dove into his passion for food, taking cooking classes and learning more and more about making and serving ice cream. Diving deeper, Madison attended the Ice Cream University in Brooklyn, New York, which is, in fact, a very real thing.

“I did graduate,” says Madison jokingly, shrugging his shoulders with a smile, “With honors even.”

Madison says that the University is often a destination for people from many of the national ice cream brands as they look to learn more about their craft. As for Madison, he was there to earn a degree in gelato production so he could produce the most authentic, high-quality product.

“If you’re going to emulate something like Italian gelato and sorbet, [that education’s] really important,” says Madison. “There are shortcuts out there, but we knew, if we’re going to do it right, we’re going to have to do it ourselves.”

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Matt Madison at last week’s Local Vendor Day.

Using his last name, and putting an Italian-spin on it, he came up with the name “Madisono’s Gelato”. Madisono’s Gelato then became the first gelato and sorbet company in Cincinnati, producing hand-crafted, small batch, artisanal sorbet and gelato of various flavors. Both of which are lower in fat than ice cream and use high-quality ingredients.

“We try to make as many flavors and ingredients from scratch. We try to provide the highest-quality product we can.”

That high-quality product was put on display at Local Vendor Day last week, where students had the opportunity to put a face to the name on the label. As for Madison, he sees the value of the event and the value of students getting to know the local vendors.

“Students should know that Miami is actively finding and procuring high-quality products,” says Madison. “The fact that Miami is doing that is a positive and probably congruent with the interests of the student body.”

If you were fortunate enough to try a sample at Local Vendor Day, you know how delicious the products from Madisono’s Gelato are. If you have not tried it, add a pint to your next MacCracken shopping run!

Madisono’s Gelato is available for purchase at Market Street at MacCracken in the freezer section. Feel free to follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter as well!

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Stop by MacCracken and pick-up some Madisono’s Gelato!

 

Local Vendor Day Fall 2015

“Would you like to try some free samples from some of our local vendors?” one MacCracken employee says to two students, passing along the sidewalk.

The two girls exchange a quick glance and grin. At once, they reply “sure” and head off, walking amongst the tables set in the grass, just outside Market Street at MacCracken.

It’s a gorgeous fall day, not to warm and not too cold. The setting afternoon sun, from just over Porter Hall, seems to spotlight the Local Vendor Event, flooding the lawn area. Two former Miami University employees play musical instruments, providing a folksy, down to earth ambiance, drawing in student after student, including one tour group, absorbed into the inviting, quaint setting.

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There was something natural and authentic about last Thursday’s 2015 fall rendition of Local Vendor Day. A certain charm about it. The premise of the day was simple; some of Miami University’s local food providers come visit, offer free samples and answer any questions students have about their products or how they are made. The draw for students, is not only that they can meet the people behind their food, but that students have the opportunity to taste test items that can be easily purchased right there at MacCracken. Not to mention, it puts a face to the name for some of the products featured at the MacCracken market, literally introducing students to the people behind readily available, homegrown, local food.

The vendors who attended this Local Vendor Day were: Grandola Granola, Reserve Run Farm, Just Mike’s Jerky, Windy Acres, Madisono’s Gelato and The Organic Farm at Bear Creek. Each vendor provided samples of their own products, which included vegan granola, locally raised beef sliders, beef jerky of various flavors, a variety of candies and goodies, authentic Italian gelato and delicious organic salsa, respectively.

While a rather odd assortment when listed together, each and every vendor was well-received by students, many of which seemingly unaware that the products they were tasting were just under their noses in the MacCracken market.

While the event allowed the vendors to introduce their products to students, it also gave students the opportunity to meet the faces behind their food and hear their stories. We place so much value on natural, authentic and high-quality food. What is more natural and authentic than products grown locally?

Grandola Granola and Madisono’s are both Cincinnati based businesses. The Organic Farm at Bear Creek is located in Ohio’s Washington Township (Clermont County). Just Mike’s Jerky is from Medina, Ohio and Windy Acres is from Wilmington, Ohio. Reserve Run Farm, who sells beef at the MacCracken market and provides the beef used at Maplestreet’s Encounter, is from our very own Oxford, Ohio.

The beauty of buying and selling locally is that there is something very authentic about that relationship. Whether it is the story of how Reserve Run Farm came to be, how the owner of Madisono’s attended Ice Cream University in New York or how Grandola Granola began as merely a quick snack for a loved one, there always appears to be more than meets the eye. After all, these are local businesses, started by normal people who had a passion for what they were doing.

Thank you to those who stopped by and got a taste of Local Vendor Day! If you want to know more about these locations, continue to check-in here at The Miami Spread as we will dive deeper into the stories behind each of the six vendors who attended. If you want to dive into the food though, you can find products from each of these vendors in Market Street at MacCracken!

“Locally Grown” series;

Madisono’s Gelato

Reserve Run Family Farm

Just Mike’s Jerky Company

Grandola Granola

The Organic Farm at Bear Creek

Windy Acres