Friday June 19, 2009
Louisville celebrated the opening of its newest farmers market today with a ribbon cutting and festivities. The Gray St. Farmers Market, located on Gray St. between the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences, will operate every Thursday rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market features approximately 18 vendors selling fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, baked items, herbs, flowers, vegetable plants and more.
Today’s celebration featured a ribbon cutting with remarks from local dignitaries as well as music, a cooking demonstration, free chair massages donated by the Louisville School of Massage and giveaways. “We now have 26 farmers markets,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “They are a great way to bring fresh foods to Louisville’s neighborhoods and often serve as gathering spots where friends meet.”
The market is especially notable in that the area is home to a number of families who have limited food choices. It is also expected to draw a large number of downtown employees from businesses such as Norton Healthcare, Metro United Way, Red Cross, and University of Louisville Healthcare. It is also within walking distance of residential complexes such as Liberty Green, Dosker Manor and Shepherd Square.
“From our growing numbers of farmers markets to our Healthy in a Hurry Corner Stores to the expansion of Mayor’s Miles and annual Hike and Bikes, we’re working hard to provide the people of Louisville with more ways to eat healthier and to get out and move more,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.
“The Gray St. Farmers Market is a nice complement to the farmers markets in the Phoenix Hill, Smoketown and California neighborhoods,” said Councilman David Tandy. “Our city understands the value of farmers markets: that they not only increase the availability of healthy, locally grown food, but they also help to build community.”
School of Public Health and Information Sciences Dean Richard Clover commented, “As an outreach program, the farmers market directly benefits the public’s health and underscores the university’s commitment to community engagement and sustainable practices.”
The Gray St. Farmers Market was organized by staff from the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Center for Health Equity. Other sponsors and community partners include Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Healthcare, Metro United Way, Community Farm Alliance, Making Connections, Councilman David Tandy and the Louisville Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Parking for the market is available on Chestnut, Preston and Jackson streets in addition to the Chestnut St. garage. For more information about the Gray St. Farmers Market, go to http://louisville.edu/sphis/gsfm. For a list and map of all farmers markets in Louisville, go to www.louisvilleky.gov.