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Sustainable food systems are those that promote the local food economy and support sustainable agriculture. This can also include reducing your food waste by throwing away less food and composting any food scraps that must be discarded. For easy ways to reduce your food waste, check out our sustainability tips!


The Athens Farmers Market and Mini Market

The Athens Farmers Market is a great way to support the local food economy! They are located in the parking lot of the Market on State (1000 E State) every Saturday from 9-12, Wednesdays 9-12 from April through December, and Thursday evenings starting again in the spring. On the third Saturday of every month, you will also see vendors selling soaps, blankets, and other household essentials. 

Farmers Market


30 Mile Meal

Athens is an amazing place to eat locally! We are now home to one of the nation's first "super-local" food economies, which we call the 30 Mile Meal. Any restaurant that holds its logo purchases a portion of its food and drink from farmers within a 30 mile range of town. That's pretty amazing! To learn more about which businesses are involved and the farmer's you're supporting, you can head to the 30 Mile Meal's blog, their Facebook page, or the Athens Visitor's Bureau.

30 Mile Meal


Culinary Services

OHIO's culinary services has taken the lead on making campus food options more sustainable. On Earth Day 2014, they won our Exemplary Sustainable Department Award.

Some of their sustainable accomplishments include: 

  • Local food purchasing
  • Reducing food waste and composting what is wasted
  • Increasing efficiencies through central production
  • Providing students with the option to donate unused flex meals to the community
  • Offering "Zero Waste" catered meals
  • Implementing a plastic bag tax


To learn more about what they're doing, head to their website.