Two farmers markets serve UofL and surrounding neighborhoods

Gray Street Farmers Market customers.
Gray Street Farmers Market customers.

The University of Louisville’s commitment to the health and well-being of students, staff and neighborhood residents will be on display again this year at two farmers markets. 

The Belknap Farmers Market returns for a third year April 4 at a new location on the Belknap Campus, while the Gray Street Farmers Market on the Health Sciences Center campus begins its 10th season May 17.

“Eating locally grown food is one of the quickest ways to a healthier body, planet and economy,” said Justin Mog, UofL assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives.

The Belknap Farmers Market took a hiatus in 2017 but will be back in a new format this year.

The Spring Market will include vendors and will be open every Wednesday from April 4-25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Red Barn or in the Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room. During that time, farmers will take orders for weekly delivery during the summer months. The Fall Market will be open Aug. 15-Oct. 24, also on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come and sign up for door prizes: a football signed by Coach Bobby Petrino, a FitBit, a basket of UofL items, and one item each from the vendors.

For more information on the Belknap Farmers Market, visit its Facebook page or follow on Instagram @belknapfarmersmarket. The market’s support sponsors include Aramark, Commonwealth Credit Union, UofL Business Services and UofL Sustainability.

The GSFM will be open Thursdays from May 17-Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at its usual location along the 400 block of East Gray Street. A new funding initiative is on tap for the market to expand its capacity to serve local residents; details will be available in early May.

Asparagus for sale at the Gray Street Farmers Market, May 2017.

The UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences has operated the GSFM with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness since 2009. For more information, visit the GSFM website or Facebook page or follow the conversation on social media using #ThursdaysonGray.

Source: Two farmers markets serve UofL and surrounding neighborhoods (UofL News, March 23, 2018)