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.