Farmers Market at Merrrimack Valley Hospital Kicks-off July 8

Monday, June 30, 2014

For the second year, Merrimack Valley Hospital will host a farmers market on the hospital campus featuring fruits and vegetables fresh from the farm.

The farm stand will be open on Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. from July 8 through October 28. Visitors to the hospital campus, hospital staff, physicians and the general public are all welcome.  EBT cards are accepted.

The goal is to make healthy food available to patients and staff and impress the need to eat healthy, especially for people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes.

Steward Health Care partnered with the Massachusetts Farmers Market Association to create the Merrimack Valley Hospital Farmers Market Voucher Program to help manage diabetes and other chronic illnesses through healthy eating.

Participating Steward Health Care physicians recommend patients for the program and once qualified, they receive vouchers valued at one dollar per day, per household member.  The vouchers can be redeemed at any farmers market in Massachusetts through October.

In addition to its own farmers market, Merrimack Valley Hospital is a proud sponsor of the Haverhill Farmers Market held on Saturdays at 40 Bailey Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 “Through our partnership with Mass Farmers Markets, qualified patients and their families will receive vouchers for purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs to encourage healthier eating,  and as a result,  better management of diabetes and other chronic diseases,” said Karen Kennedy, director of mission and community partnerships for Merrimack Valley and Holy Family Hospitals.

The Merrimack Valley Hospital farm stand will be run by Marlene Stasinos of Chris’ Farm Stand and Silsby Farm on Salem Street in Bradford. It will be located in the parking lot facing Haverhill Stadium, in front of the hospital cafeteria.


About Merrimack Valley Hospital and Steward Health Care:

About Merrimack Valley Hospital
Merrimack Valley Hospital maintains 105 acute care beds and adult behavioral medicine beds - all are private rooms. The hospital’s clinical strengths include a 24-hour emergency department, vast surgical specialties, a comprehensive Pain Management Center, an award-winning Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, an Occupational Health and International Travelers’ Clinic, physical therapy, surgical day care, laboratory services, a wide range of imaging services including nuclear medicine and SPECT scans, as well as EKG, EEG, EMG and pulmonary function testing.  Merrimack Valley Hospital. For more information please visit www.steward.org/merrimack-valley.

About Steward Health Care System
Steward Health Care Systems LLC is the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines over 3,000 physicians, 11 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. Further information is available at www.steward.org


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