Farmers market comes to UC Davis Health System
UC Davis Health System launched a weekly farmers market on May 16, reflecting a national trend that expands access to fresh, locally grown produce sold directly to consumers.
The UC Davis Health System Farmers Market will be held every Thursday through Nov. 7 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of 45th and Y streets in Parking Lot 12 in Sacramento. Free parking will be available at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.
“We are very excited about offering this farmers market to our employees, neighbors and the Sacramento community,” said Vincent Johnson, chief operating officer of UC Davis Medical Center. “Our vision is to create a healthier world, and by offering at this market the fruits and vegetables that are key to a healthy diet, we are a step closer to achieving that.”
UC Davis Health System Farmers Market
Held every Thursday through Nov. 7
Time: 3 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: At the intersection of 45th and Y Streets, Sacramento in Parking Lot 12. Free parking will be available at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.
The market joins a growing national trend of bringing fresh, locally grown or produced food closer to home. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there has been a 150 percent increase in the number of farmers markets held throughout the country.
The UC Davis Health System Farmers Market will offer farm-fresh produce, artisan cheeses, grass-fed beef, eggs, baked goods and an assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables and many other specialty items. In addition, music and other entertainment, cooking demonstrations and other activities will be available. UC Davis Health System staff also will provide wellness information and health activities.
BeMoneySmartUSA, a local nonprofit specializing in providing youth with financial, business and career-education programs, is operating the market. A portion of the proceeds from the market supports financial literacy programs for local students.
“Our focus is on educating and empowering our youth to develop the fiscal and business skills they need to really succeed in the world,” says Marie Hall, executive director of BeMoneySmartUSA. “Our students work at the farmers markets in job positions incorporating communications, hospitality, journalism, marketing, sales and customer service to learn while they earn and gain real-world experience.”