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).