Monthly Archives: September 2013

SMU students can hitch a free ride to White Rock market

There's even more than local vegetables at White Rock Local Market, including local jellies, coffee and olive oil as well as meats and eggs. Oh, yeah, and you can find some pretty tasty, all-natural popsicles, too! (Photo courtesy of White Rock Local Market)

There’s even more than local vegetables at White Rock Local Market, including local jellies, coffee and olive oil as well as meats and eggs. Oh, yeah, and you can find some pretty tasty, all-natural popsicles, too! (Photo courtesy of White Rock Local Market)

Maybe it’s in my head, but it really does feel cooler. Not I-can-finally-wear-a-sweater cool, but cooler than triple-digit heat.

When this time starts coming around, it gets easier to do some outdoor activities. One place I love to be, but find myself miserably hot in July, is the White Rock Local Market. It’s not the somewhat massive arrayyou’ll find in Austin on a Saturday, but it is a good spot to find local vegetables, products, meat and — if you’re lucky and they’re not sold out — eggs.
You can tell by the crowd there on Saturdays that I’m not the only one who likes this place. But on top of that, folks at SMU are taking notice, too. Starting this month and running the first two Saturdays of each month (excluding October), a shuttle will run from the campus to the East Dallas market.
SMU students, faculty and staff now have a free ride there via the Oasis Shuttle. And they can thank students Gabriella Padgett, Paul Curry and Lisa Walters, who presented a proposal to the SMU Provost Office’s Big iDeas grant program. This shuttle program is run entirely by students, and it’s a service that’s expected to grow over the next few years.
The Oasis Shuttle will pick up at the flagpole on campus the first and second Saturdays of each month between9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This gives you plenty of time to stroll around the White Rock area before or after you buy your squash. You can follow updates on the shuttle on Twitter.
For those who want to visit the White Rock market more than those first two Saturdays of the month, you can take yourself. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 14.
The first and third Saturdays of the month, markets are at Lakeside Baptist Church, 9015 Garland Road. The markets on the second and fourth Saturdays are at the Green Spot, 702 N. Buckner Blvd.
For more information, check out whiterocklocalmarket.com.

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