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More Healthy. More Local. Moore-Pastides.

Celebrating the first lady's 10 years of keeping Carolina healthy

Patricia Moore-Pastides has made health and wellness her mission since she became the University of South Carolina's first lady in 2008. With a master’s degree in public health, Moore-Pastides is a passionate advocate for the Mediterranean diet — going so far as to author not one, but two cookbooks about it.

This passion has spilled over into her life as first lady, where she cultivates organically grown produce for events and the Healthy Carolina Farmers Market and conducts cooking demonstrations, cooking classes and lectures, in addition to teaching the course Healthy Mediterranean Cooking in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.

It’s this passion that lies at the heart of the upcoming event, More Healthy, More Local, Moore-Pastides. In a celebration of her 10 years of contributions to the health and wellness of the Carolina community, the university has partnered with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture to present an extension of the Healthy Carolina Farmers Market on Tuesday (Oct. 2). The event, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 11, was moved due to preparations for Hurricane Florence.

The event will include a vendor fair and farmers market, samples of healthy recipes, free sustainable products, pot-your-own herbs and local food trucks.

“This farmers market and street fair will feature healthy, local choices and help us connect as a community,” Moore-Pastides says.

More Local, More Healthy, Moore-Pastides will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 2, with a free 30-minute yoga class beforehand at 9:30 a.m. More than 30 vendors — including Soda City favorites like Avocado Toast SC and 72 Coffee Co. — will be selling their wares on Greene Street in front of the Russell House.

Activities and demonstrations will occur throughout the event, which is free and open to the public.

If you're going

The More Healthy, More Local, Moore-Pastides event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 2, on Greene Street.

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