News from Hudson Valley Hospital Center on its upcoming series of farmer’s markets:
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is continuing its healthy eating initiative by hosting a monthly series of farmer’s markets on the hospital campus through November.
The first market will be held on July 31st from 11 AM to 4 PM. The HVHC Farmer’s Market will be held once a month on Tuesdays, 7/31, 8/28, 9/25, 10/30, 11/20 from 11 AM – 4 PM in the parking lot fronting on Crompond Road/Route 202, near the Main Entrance to the hospital. Free parking is available.
The farmer’s market series is an expansion of Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Seeds for Health, an educational and therapeutic program for cancer patients and their families. Seeds for Health launched in April 2012 with the opening of the Organic Garden for Healing, serving as the classroom for the program which stresses the importance of nutrition in healing and the therapeutic value of gardening in managing stress and reducing anxiety. HVHC’s Organic Garden for Healing is maintained by patients, employees, and members of the community.
The farmer’s market will feature produce grown by local farms, including Bracco Farms, W. Rogowski Farm, Continental Organics, Glynwood Farm, Hemlock Hill Farm, and farm-raised meats from Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, and other gourmet items. Staff from HVHC’s Nutrition and Education departments will be on-hand with information to help integrate healthy eating practices into everyday life. Master gardeners from Cornell University Cooperative Extension Westchester County will be available to answer questions about gardening issues.
“By offering this monthly series of farmer’s markets at our hospital we hope to encourage everyone to buy local, fresh produce and educate the community on how to maintain a nutritious, healthy diet” said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
Seeds for Health was inspired by “Think Pink, Live Green,” the brain child of Dr. Marisa Weiss, President and Founder of Breastcancer.org. Think Pink, Live Green stresses the importance of lifestyle changes, including healthier eating, as a way to help prevent breast cancer and improve the health of those already diagnosed with the disease.