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For Immediate Release:
June 13, 2013


Southcoast Health System to offer weekly public farmers’ markets beginning June 17

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

Southcoast Farmers' MarketNEW 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 Cervelli Farm of Rochester, Sampson Farm of Westport, Silverbrook Farm of Dartmouth and Gourmet & Gourmand Bakery of Wareham. Products will range from fruits, vegetables, jams, mustard, soup, small pastries and artisan breads.

“Supporting local business is essential to the successful growth of our communities,” said Robert Caldas, DO, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer 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 will run each week beginning the week of June 17 and ending the week of October 25. The following is a list of days, times and locations for each of the markets:

Mondays, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Tobey Hospital
(Located on High Street to the left of the main entrance.)
43 High Street, Wareham

Tuesdays, from 3 to 5 p.m.
South Coast Business Center
200 Mill Road, Fairhaven

Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
St. Luke’s Hospital
(Located at of end of Taber Street in front of the parking garage.)
101 Page Street, New Bedford

Thursdays, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Charlton Memorial Hospital
(Located near the New Boston Road and Highland Avenue intersection.)
363 Highland Avenue, Fall River

For more information on Southcoast farmers’ markets, please contact Sydney Patten at 508-973-5079 or visit www.southcoast.org/farmersmarket.


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Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
508-973-5280
poyants@southcoast.org



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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