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Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems (MSNFS)

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Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Dietetics and Human Nutrition

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Dr. Tammy Stephenson


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports indicate that 8% and 6.3% of Kentuckians consume enough fruits and vegetables, respectively. The Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud (PIUKP) project is a recipe-development project that aims to boost produce consumption by incorporating local fruits and vegetables. The purpose of this study was to implement promotional strategies using PIUKP recipes at farmers’ markets and determine their effects on consumers’ intent of purchasing and preparing the produce. The study was conducted at nine farmers’ markets across Kentucky (n=300) in collaboration with Cooperative Extension agents/assistants.

The consumers’ impression of the sample was positively associated with their intent to purchase fruits and vegetables the same day (t = 0.36; p < 0.0001), in future (t=0.43; p < 0.0001), and prepare the respective recipes (t=0.51; p < 0.0001). Distribution of recipe cards was also positively correlated with consumers’ intent to prepare recipes (t=0.35; p < 0.0001). However, no significant association was found between the self-reported fruit and vegetable intake and their respective dermal carotenoid score.

Findings from this study support the use of promotional strategies as a means to influence produce intake among farmers market consumers. Future studies can apply these strategies and explore the extent of effect they have on dietary intake.

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