UofL hosts two farmers markets in 2018

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Urban residents will be able to shop the bounty of the season and support local merchants at two University of Louisville farmers markets in 2018.

    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 (GSFM) 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.-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.-2p.m.

    For more information on the Belknap Farmers Market, visit the Facebook page.

    The GSFM will be open Thursdays from May 17-Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m.-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.

    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.

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    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.