Southcoast Health System is holding a series of one-day Farmers' Markets during August, 2012, at each of their hospital sites, including Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham, and at the South Coast Business Center in Fairhaven. "We know from research that a large percentage of people on the South Coast do not have the benefit of regular access to fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables," said Kerry Mello, Community Benefits Manager for Southcoast Health System. "This summer's farmers' markets are the kick-off to a range of Southcoast programs that provide our employees and our communities with easy access to healthy, locally grown food." Local farmers included Apponagansett Farm, Cervelli Farm, Mama Stella's Original Cape Cod Seasoning, Sampson Farm and Westport Town Farm. "Supporting local business is essential to the successful growth of our communities," said Jim Rattray, Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs for Southcoast Health System. "Farming has played a key role in our local economy for generations. Partnering with local farmers will help strengthen their ties in the community, helping to raise a greater awareness of their businesses and the products they have to offer." Click here for a brief video. For more information, contact Southcoast Public Information Officer and News Media Specialist Stephanie Lynn Poyant at 508-961-5280.
|(Top row, left and center) Shoppers including Lucia and Natalia Costa, look over produce offered by Cervelli Farms in Rochester. (Top row, right) Samantha Xavier, who lives nearby, stops by to check out the produce offered by Sampson Farm in Westport. (Middle row) Kathy Brennan of Silverbrook Farms in Dartmouth sells some leeks to Colleen Goulart before she and Doris Walch look over more produce. (Bottom row, left) State Representative Steven Howitt of Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Swansea comments on the value of farmers' markets to the local economy. (Nora Montano of the Trustess of Reservations Westport Town Farm lists some of the produce prices. (Bottom row, right) Meghan Murphy, Nancy O'Connell and Debbie Torres of the Southcoast ultrasound service enjoy the market.|
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