The farmer’s market at a local hospital is up and running…..From the hospital:
Hospital employees and the public flocked to Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s first Farmer’s Market of the season on July 31 to buy organic produce and other specialty items.
More than a dozen vendors offered fresh fruits and vegetables, pies, breads and other specialty items on the Hospital campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We were very pleased with the turnout and everyone commented on the variety and quality of the organic produce and other items,’’ said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “We have a commitment and an obligation to the community to educate them on the importance of healthy eating and to try to reduce the obesity epidemic that has had such a negative impact on our health.’’
Future Farmer’s Markets will be held on Tuesdays 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, which serves as the classroom for the program. Seeds for Health 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 featured produce grown by local farms, including, W. Rogowski Farm, Continental Organics, Glynwood Farm, Hemlock Hill Farm, Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, Homestead Farms, Panzarella Foods and others. Staff from HVHC’s Nutrition and Education departments were on-hand as well as master gardeners from Cornell University Cooperative Extension Westchester County.