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For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2012


Southcoast Health System to offer public farmers' markets this summer

Markets to take place at all three Southcoast Hospitals sites and at the South Coast Business Center


Southcoast Farmers' Market
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast Health System will offer public farmers' markets this summer at each of the three Southcoast Hospitals sites — 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."

Some of the local purveyors will include Apponagansett Farm, Cervelli Farm, Mama Stella's Original Cape Cod Seasoning, Sampson Farm and Westport Town Farm. Produce will range from lettuce, kale, celery and carrots to potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini.

"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."

Southcoast Farmers' Markets dates, times and locations are as follows:

    Thursday, July 26, from 2 to 6 p.m.
    Tobey Hospital
    43 High Street, Wareham Directions

    Thursday, August 2, from 2 to 6 p.m.
    Charlton Memorial Hospital
    363 Highland Avenue, Fall River
    Directions

    Thursday, August 9, from 2 to 6 p.m.
    South Coast Business Center
    200 Mill Road, Fairhaven
    Directions

    Thursday, August 16, from 2 to 6 p.m.
    St. Luke's Hospital
    101 Page Street, New Bedford
    Directions

For more information on Southcoast farmers' markets, please contact Kate Miller at 508-961-5079 or visit www.southcoast.org/farmersmarket/.


Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
Pager: 508-387-2532
Fax: 508-961-5876
poyants@southcoast.org



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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at www.southcoast.org. Connect to Southcoast through social media at www.southcoast.org/connect/.





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