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
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 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.
(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