Homegrown Happiness in the Dining Halls

Homegrown Happiness in the Dining Halls

Being from a rural, farm town in Southern New Hampshire, it was weird for me to leave behind fresh food. Not to say UNH doesn’t do their best to provide good food to eat, but let’s just say if you’ve ever eaten real produce, you know the difference.

It wasn’t just me, either, who missed fresh fruit and vegetables desperately. On one occasion I even drove home just to buy some apples and grapes for my room. In reality, it’s pretty hard making the transition from food off the farm to food all from the store. But it was my second week of school when I came across a little sign in front of an apple display in Holloway Commons. The sign said that the apples were local and fresh! When you aren’t looking for this kind of thing, it’s truly hard to find so I just about squealed when I saw this! I grabbed about five apples and headed off to a table to chow down. The next day I looked more for these signs and I came across organic watermelon to go with dinner. It was amazing, UNH had a little bit of home tucked away inside each dining hall.

Of course it sounds almost silly to complain about missing things like fresh cucumbers when UNH hands you a plate and says ‘have at it!’ to a buffet of hundreds of kinds of food. I could have been eating numerous types of cereal and cakes and french fries, and even the amazing bread sticks… but I missed fresh produce. I had faced the facts early in my first few weeks, assuming it was pretty normal for UNH to not have a great selection; my high school had only canned fruits! Instead I was jumping for joy when I was proved wrong and it turned out that UNH supports fresh, local, and organic food and serves it in the dining halls. So if you’re like me and come from a rural town where every summer you and your friends and family, buy all their food from the local farm stands, UNH supports your need for fresh food. Forget your high school’s canned peaches and beans, UNH offers some locally grown, organic options that makes it feel just like home.