The UH Farmers Market will return to campus in the spring semester following a highly successful launch during the fall.
A total of eight markets are scheduled, all of which will take place on a Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. All but one will be held in Butler Plaza:
- Jan. 17
- Jan. 31
- Feb. 14 (Sweetheart Market theme)
- Feb. 28 (to be held in Wilhelmina’s Grove with a Rodeo Houston theme)
- March 21
- April 4
- April 18 (in conjunction with Sustainability Week)
- May 2
The UH Farmers Market allows students, staff and faculty to shop for locally sourced and produced food items without having to leave campus. Several new features are being added for the spring, one of which is a new payment option that will allow students to use Cougar Cash to purchase $1 “Cougar Cash Coins” that can be used at any of the vendor tables.
Also, a rotating selection of non-food vendors will be joining the mix, and UH Dining will have little surprises at each of the markets, such as barbecue plates for sale on Feb. 28 and Valentine’s Day treats on Feb. 14.
Lauren Ross, UH Dining’s director of Wellness and Sustainability, said the market grew in popularity and size during its initial run in the fall, going from 11 vendors at the first one to 20 at the special holiday-themed market on Nov. 29.
“We will continue to seek ways to grow the market and make it self-sustaining so that it can be a part of the campus culture for years to come,” Ross said.