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Good Health Starts by Buying Local

According to the 2016 Southcoast Health Needs Assessment, the South Coast region has several areas classified as food deserts, where most residents live over 0.5 miles away from a grocery store or supermarket. Over 80 percent of the Greater New Bedford region do not consume the recommended daily five servings of fruit and vegetables. Additionally, a significant portion of Southcoast residents suffer from food insecurity, an inability to reliably access a sufficient amount of affordable, nutritious food. Access to healthy food influences the ability of South Coast residents to make good dietary choices, which reduce the risk of poor diet-related outcomes such as diabetes and heart disease.

“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 Rachel Davis, Community Benefits Manager for Southcoast Health System. “This summer’s farm stands help provide our employees and our communities with easy access to health, locally-grown food.”

Where can I find a farmers’ market?

Southcoast Health offers public farmers’ markets each summer at several sites. These markets provide community access to affordable, fresh, and local produce options. This year, you can find us at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, 35 Rosebrook Way in Wareham, and the South Coast Business Center in Fairhaven.

When are the markets open?

Farm stands will run through October, or as harvest allows, and will operate weekly as follows:

  • 35 Rosebrook Way—Thursdays 3:00pm-6:30pm beginning June 20
  • Charlton Memorial Hospital—Tuesdays 2:00pm-5:00pm beginning June 25
  • St. Luke’s Hospital—Wednesdays 2:00pm-5:00pm beginning June 26
  • South Coast Business Center—Thursdays 2:00-5:00 beginning June 27

Can I use WIC or SNAP benefits at the farm stands?

Yes! Our farmers’ markets accept cash, credit and debit cards, and WIC, SNAP, and Senior Coupon benefits.

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