Farmers market debuts on campus Thursday

July 30, 2013

The Health Science Center begins hosting a weekly farmers market this Thursday, furthering our mission to improve the health and quality of life for our neighbors, students, faculty and staff.

 The Cowtown Farmers Market, open to the public, will offer fresh locally grown produce, beef, artisanal bread, eggs and other farm products to the parking area just north of the intersection of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Clifton Street (Lot 15 on the campus map). Market hours are 3 to 7 p.m. each Thursday. Some vendors may accept only cash payment.

The market is 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.

 "According to the National Institutes of Health, a diet rich in vegetables and fruit 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. "

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