UNTHSC hosts farmers market

Fri, Aug 2, 2013

Around Campus, In the Community

farmers closeupThursday’s heat index was 109, but crowds still flocked to Cowtown Farmers Market’s first event on the UNT Health Science Center campus.

Shoppers were three- and four-deep at most vendor stalls by 4 p.m., an hour into the event. Several of the nine vendors who set up shop on Lot 15 sold out before 6 p.m.

The market, to be on campus every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., creates healthier communities for UNTHSC and the community. Open to the public, it offers fresh locally grown produce, meat, artisanal bread, eggs and other farm products.

It’s the first project of the newly formed UNTHSC Earth Club, through which students, staff and faculty support community environmental efforts that promote health.

“We saw a need, voiced especially by students, for more fresh food choices in our neighborhood,” says Alisa Rich, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health. She is the club’s faculty lead organizer.

“The National Institutes of Health says a diet rich in vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and digestive problems — and helps control blood sugar,” Rich says. “Also, fully ripe produce straight from the farm contains more vitamins.”

The market will return Aug. 8, and each Thursday, to the parking area just north of the intersection of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Clifton Street (Lot 15 on the campus map).



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2 Responses to “UNTHSC hosts farmers market”

  1. Penny Clay says:

    I am moving to Ft. Worth next week to join my husband would took a position at UNT last Fall. How would I go about getting a booth at the Thursday market to sell all-natural, certified organic food line?

    Penny Clay

  2. Betsy Friauf says:

    Hi Penny, So glad you are interested! Contact the Cowtown Farmers Market President Gwin Grimes at Artisan Baking Co., bestbread@gmail.com, (817) 821-3124.

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