BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. – Have you ever tried to make your entire lunch or dinner with foods only grown by local farmers?
On Tuesday, Andrews University Dining Hall in Berrien Springs proved that it's possible.
It's part of their 3rd annual "Eat Local Challenge."
On the average day, 20% of the food they serve in the café comes from local farmers, but on Tuesday, everything on the menu was made entirely from ingredients sourced within 150 miles of campus.
Andrew's Dining Service Manager Mark Daniels says the goal of the "Eat Local Challenge" was to make students and the public aware of the healthy alternatives to store bought items that are packed full of preservatives.
“It’s amazing to see the things you can get,” said Daniels. “Rice, for example. People don’t think you can get rice in Michigan. You can. It’s a wild rice, and it’s harvested by an Indian tribe in the northern lake area. You find these very unique places and sources, and it’s exciting and fun for us.”
One of the most popular items people chose Tuesday was yellow watermelon. It was grown in Andrew's Gardens and is said to be sweeter than the usual red watermelon.