With 25 different varieties of apples grown locally, New York state and the SUNY Cortland campus want to celebrate with several fun, free events.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the state will hold its annual Campus Crunch Day. At the College that day, the campus dining operator SUNY Cortland Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) will support local apple farmers by hosting events in its dining and retail facilities with help from ASC’s main vendor Maines Food Distributions.
ASC will give out free apples, cider and apple crisp to the campus community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of Corey Union and in the Education Building vending area. The campus mascot, Blaze, will be there in support of Campus Crunch Day.
Food choices at the different eateries will include caramel apples, local apples and hot cider. At Neubig Hall on Campus Crunch Day, the menu will include mini pork sliders with apple fennel slaw, chicken Waldorf salad and apple cobbler topped with ice cream. At the Bistro, dining options will include apple stuffing, apple pie pizza, cheddar apple soup and a smoked chicken and pasta with sautéed apples and bacon butter.
ASC also will promote eating healthy in general as well as all the health benefits apples have to offer. ASC nutritionist Andrea Hart will be present at Newmark Pavilion to answer questions anyone may have about eating healthy.
Food choices at the different eateries will include caramel apples, sautéed apples, apple stuffing and many more options.
The day’s main purpose is to celebrate New York state farming and agriculture and highlight New York’s position as the second largest state for apple production in the country, with 29.5 million apples grown yearly.
ASC encourages everyone to participate in Campus Crunch Day and post a picture on social media of themselves crunching an apple at noon with the hashtags #NYCampusCrunch and #cortlandasc.
For more information, contact ASC Director of Food Services Theresa Baker or call 607-753-2424.