Gray Street Farmers Market offers free public lecture series


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Shopping for fresh, local produce and goods is just one reason to visit the Gray Street Farmers Market. This year, shoppers also have an opportunity to cool off from the summer heat and learn something new about eating healthy, gardening, and efforts like the slow food movement. These are just a few of the topics for the 20/20 Talks, hosted every Thursday through Oct. 24 at 12:20 p.m. in Room 103 of the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS), 485 E. Gray St. The name of the series highlights the structure of the program, 20 educational sessions, 20 minutes each.

    “The 20/20 Talks are aligned closely with the school’s mission,” said Craig Blakely, PhD, dean, SPHIS. “This is a venue for us to engage the community in discussions about issues that affect the public’s health.”

    “Our goal is to help customers feel more confident when they are shopping, cooking, and growing the fresh fruits and vegetables sold at farmers markets,” said Melissa Schreck, manager of the Gray Street Farmers Market.

    When attending the lectures, Schreck said patrons are welcome to bring their lunch, which can be purchased from vendors at the market.

    The Gray Street Farmers Market has created a YouTube channel to make the 20/20 Talks available to a wider audience. During the first lecture, Brian Barnes, organizer for UofL’s Eco-Reps and composting programs, discussed the environmental benefits of buying local and supporting farmers markets. Last week, UofL’’ Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Justin Mog, talked about what individuals and businesses can do to ensure our food comes from local sources, known as foodshed. Find a list of topics and speakers on the Gray Street Farmers Market website.

    The market is open every Thursday rain or shine from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through Oct. 31.

    Julie Heflin
    Julie oversees digital content for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She began her UofL career on the Health Sciences Center campus in 2007. Prior to this, Julie was a journalist with WFPL (Louisville Public Media), and occasionally filed reports for National Public Radio.