UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus Hosts Farmers Market

On Saturday, June 4, the UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus hosted the Hillsborough Farmers Market for the first time. The Hillsborough Campus will be the permanent home of the market moving forward.

UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus Hosts Farmers Market click to enlarge Hillsborough Farmers Market at the UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus.
UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus Hosts Farmers Market click to enlarge One of the many Hillsborough Farmers Market vendors in attendance on Saturday, June 4.

Hillsborough Hospital associate vice president Jeff Strickler said that hosting the market was an important part of the hospital's mission of wellness and that he was happy about the turnout for Saturday’s event.

“The goal is for the hospital to be viewed as a place of overall health, rather than just a place you go to when you are ill or injured,” said Strickler. 

Tobi Reil, a local business owner who participates in the market and who helped facilitate the change of venue, said she is "pleased that UNC Health Care is willing to host us…it feels like home when we come to the market, and there really is a sense of community.” She added that many of the visitors she had seen that morning had walked from nearby neighborhoods.

Over a dozen local farms and vendors brought their goods to the market, selling everything from free-range eggs to furniture to homemade soap and cinnamon rolls. Many people are looking forward to continuing to visit the market at the new location and being part of the community turnout, as well as supporting local businesses and farms.

The Hillsborough Farmers Market was founded in 1987 to promote the entrepreneurial efforts of local, small-scale farmers, bakers and crafters seeking to sell their products directly to the consumer. Equally important are its missions to educate the consumer of the many benefits to the individual, the community, and the environment of buying fresh, locally produced food; to provide a venue for other local nonprofit organizations and local musicians; and to enhance and enrich the community and culture of the town of Hillsborough.

The market operates from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, from April to October, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, from November to March. It is hosted in the parking lot in front of the medical office building, adjacent to the hospital. Hillsborough Hospital celebrates its one-year anniversary this July.

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