Advertisement

Hospital's farmer's market enjoys successful first year

November 27, 2009

More than 150 employees celebrated the grand finale of the outdoor farmer's market Oct. 27 at Washington County Hospital.

The market kicked off July 7 and was held every Tuesday for 17 weeks.

Joe Fleischman, the hospital's executive chef, came up with the idea for the market as he was working with several local farmers to offer more local produce to hospital patients and in the hospital's cafeteria. He said the market was a win-win because it was an opportunity to support the local economy while providing a convenient way for staff and community members to get fresh produce.

Every week, the market featured a variety of offerings, including baked goods, fruits, vegetables, sandwiches and soups.

"Some people came out every single week and were sad to see it end, but the growing season is pretty much done, which significantly reduces the number of products that would be available," Fleischman said.

Advertisement

After evaluating the success of this year's market, Fleischman said he is in the process of developing plans for next year.

"We plan to start right after Mother's Day in 2010," Fleischman said. "One of the biggest changes we have talked about is having a tasting tent where we will showcase hors d'oeuvres that have been made out of the ingredients the vendors are selling at their booths."

Several of the vendors from this year's market already have committed to next year, and Fleischman said he is in talks with a number of others about participating.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|