Schofield commissary offers farmers market, June 28-30

| June 21, 2013 | 3 Comments
Fresh produce in a farmers market atmosphere, like this one at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Commissary, will be returning to commissaries beginning mid-June and continuing through mid-July. (Photo courtesy Defense Commissary Agency)

Fresh produce in a farmers market atmosphere, like this one at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Commissary, will be returning to commissaries beginning mid-June and continuing through mid-July. (Photo courtesy Defense Commissary Agency)

Sallie Cauthers
Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. — Fresh produce in a farmers market atmosphere will be returning to commissaries beginning mid-June and continuing through mid-July.

“Our farmers market events contributed to record produce sales last year with a 2.22 percent increase over last year,” said Bridget Bennett, the Defense Commissary Agency’s produce manager.

Locally, the Schofield Barracks Commissary will host a farmers market, from 8 a.m. till normal closing hours, June 28-30, outside the Commissary.

The Schofield market will feature hamburgers, barbecue stands and a children’s petting zoo, said Gregory McGruder, Schofield Commissary store director. The goal, he added, is to continually work to integrate the Commissary and the community.

“We’re about making people feel like they are our family,” said McGruder.

“This is the third year the commissaries are offering a worldwide-focused produce sale,” said Joyce Chandler, DeCA’s perishable division chief. “It’s perfect timing because this is the time of year we stock up on all our customers’ favorites like watermelons, strawberries, corn on the cob, peaches, summer squash and tomatoes.

“We offer our customers the highest quality produce at the lowest prices possible. This makes your commissary definitely worth the trip, especially if you’re stocking up on summer celebrations,” Chandler added.

This year, the exchanges and MWR programs will be partnering with commissaries during farmers market events at some of the military installations, creating a festive, country-style event.

(Editor’s note: Cauthers is a DeCA marketing and mass media specialist. U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs contributed to this release.)

Fresh Recipes
For summertime recipes with fresh produce ingredients, as well as all aspects of an outdoor barbecue or pool party, Commissary patrons can visit Kay’s Kitchen at www.commissaries.com.

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  1. Tina says:

    Will this be produce from local farms or will it be the same items, from the same sources, that are always sold inside?

    • haw says:

      Tina, Schofield Commissary responds by saying that the products for sale at the farmer’s market will be from DeCA’s usual suppliers, which means much of it comes from off-island. The farmer’s market will feature at least two local farmers with sample foods. Some of the produce at Schofield Commissary is local … mangos, for example. The produce manager can better answer further questions at (808) 655-5066.

      • Jessica Byrd says:

        So basically it won’t be any different. It will be the same terrible produce to include fruit fly infested and the “local” items still ridiculously expensive like a mangos that is over $2.50 for a single one when I can pick one outside almost anywhere.

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