The Corner Store will transform into a farmers market this Friday with vendors from local farms and ranches.

University of Montana Dining is hosting a farm stand from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to celebrate local food and the University’s Real Food Commitment, which UM President Royce Engstrom signed yesterday.

The agreement states that UM aims to purchase 20 percent of the University’s food from sustainable sources by 2020.

Mark LoParco, director of UM Dining, said a source will be deemed “sustainable” based on whether it is community based, ecologically sound, fair trade and humane.

LoParco, Associated Students of the University of Montana President Asa Hohman and UM Dining’s director of sustainability and food procurement Ian Finch will sign the commitment at noon.

 “It will be a very big event for the University’s history,” LoParco said.

Jerry O’Malley, UM Dining’s creative director for marketing, said the local farm stand would be a good place for students to not only purchase fresh food, but put a face to the people growing what they eat.

“There are humans making a living off of what is seen around the markets of Missoula,” O’Malley said. “There’s a whole world beyond the stuff people see on their plate.”



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