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NEWS | April 16, 2013

Farmers market comes to UC Davis Health System

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

UC Davis Health System launches a weekly farmers market on May 16, reflecting a national trend that expands access to fresh, locally grown produce sold directly to consumers.

Plenty of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables are available for purchase at the UC Davis Health System farmers market in Sacramento. Plenty of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables are available for purchase at the UC Davis Health System farmers market in Sacramento.

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.”

Cody Anderson
Cody Anderson is the BeMoneySmart representative who will help manage the UC Davis Health System Farmers Market.

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.

The UC Davis Health System Farmers Market

The UC Davis Health System Farmers Market will be 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.

Map directions.

“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.”

UC Davis Health System is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. The academic health system includes one of the country's best medical schools, a 619-bed acute-care teaching hospital, a 1,000-member physician's practice group and the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, an international neurodevelopmental institute, a stem cell institute and a comprehensive children's hospital. Other nationally prominent centers focus on advancing telemedicine, improving vascular care, eliminating health disparities and translating research findings into new treatments for patients. Together, they make UC Davis a hub of innovation that is transforming health for all. For more information, visit healthsystem.ucdavis.edu.