2021 Season Announcement

The Gray Street Farmers Market will not reopen in 2021. Greens image

April 8, 2021

I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and enjoying Kentucky’s beautiful spring weather. If you are like me, you are excited to get outside and start enjoying the wonderful farmers markets in our area, especially now that vaccinations are available. Unfortunately, I do not have good news to share about the Gray Street Farmers Market (GSFM). I am sorry to report that the GSFM will not be operating in 2021.

The UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences operates the GSFM in collaboration with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. As public health organizations, we are not going to rush into hosting public gatherings during this time of vaccine distribution. Even though the city is accepting permit applications, we do not have the capacity to adhere to requirements for large events. This includes being able to screen and exclude persons with fever, symptoms of COVID-19, and/or direct exposure, as well as maintain a record of customers for contact tracing and notification purposes if someone becomes infected.

Continue to follow the Gray Street Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter to get information about our vendors and other local food events in Louisville.

After 10 years of operating the GSFM, we share your disappointment that we are not going to be open this year. We miss our loyal customers and amazing vendors, and we intend to reopen the market next year. We will spend time this summer/fall on visioning for the 2022 season and considering how to relaunch after being dormant for two years. Please contact me if wish to join in conversations about GSFM’s future or have ideas to share.

Stay safe and healthy!
Melissa

 

Melissa Schreck
Manager, Gray Street Farmers Market
Director, External Affairs and Strategic Planning
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
University of Louisville
Office: 502-852-8781
farmersmarket@louisville.edu

The Gray Street Farmers’ Market began in 2009 as an outreach program of the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences. The goal of the market is to increase access to fresh, locally grown food in the downtown area. Food access and food insecurity are major problems in Louisville. 

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