Every Thursday through Oct. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., customers can find the finest in local farm products — including fruits, vegetables, breads, jam, granola, lunch options and more. This year’s market will feature 12 vendors. Debit cards and SNAP benefits are accepted.

Buying local goods is one way to help conserve resources and protect the environment. Several studies have shown that on average, food travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate, causing it to lose freshness. Processing and shipping food from long distances consumes tremendous amounts of fossil fuels and produces pollution.

Located in the 400 block of E. Gray St. between S. Jackson and S. Preston, the GSFM began in 2009 as an outreach program of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences with a goal of increasing access to fresh, locally grown food in the downtown area.