The UC Davis Farmers Market (formerly East Quad Farmers Market) developed from a collaboration between a number of campus partners in an effort to increase access to fresh, local produce for busy UC Davis students, staff and faculty during fall and spring quarters. A 2006 survey of UC Davis students found that over 60% eat two or fewer servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
The East Quad Farmers Market was kick-started in 2006, with the Coffee House as the campus sponsor, as part of the UC Davis Community Book Project "Omnivore's Dilemma" activities.
The market offers an easy and convenient way for the UCD community to incorporate more nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables into their diet.
In 2007, the lead campus sponsor switched to the Student Health and Wellness Center. The market ran every fall and spring quarter through the 2010-11 academic year, then took a hiatus in Fall of 2011 to allow for the transition to UC Davis Stores (formerly UC Davis Bookstores).
As of summer 2012, UC Davis Dining Services became the new lead campus sponsor. In 2015, due to construction on the Silo Patio, the market was relocated to the North Quad.