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Natividad Resumes Weekly Farmers’ Market Wednesday, May 18

Natividad Resumes Weekly Farmers’ Market Wednesday, May 18

Chef Brandon Miller will Kick Off the Market Opening with a Live Cooking Demo

(SALINAS, Calif.) — Because access to healthy food remains an important factor for improving both the physical and economic health and well-being of a community, Natividad ushers in another weekly farmers’ market season. 


Everyone’s Harvest California Certified Farmers’ Market resumes on Wednesday, May 18. Held each Wednesday through October outside of Natividad Building 200, Barnet J. Segal Outpatient Services Center (1441 Constitution Blvd.), the market runs from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. 


“Eating a healthy diet is difficult without access to nutritious food,” said Natividad’s CEO Dr. Charles Harris. “Natividad is proud to partner with the community to promote wellness and healthy eating through this weekly market. It’s well documented that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables provides many health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. It even can boost a person's mood. We hope to see all our friends and neighbors out here each Wednesday.” 


Everyone’s Harvest Farmers’ Market features fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables, including certified organic produce from small-scale family farmers. It also features flowers, baked goods, coffee and freshly prepared foods from local independent businesses. 


Participating vendors include Stackhouse Brothers, Rodriguez Ranch, Golden Flowers, Gallardo’s Organics, Chava’s Corn, Fruitas Fresca Barajas and more. Free parking is available in the parking lot of Natividad Medical Center. 


Chef Brandon Miller of Paella LLC will kick off the Farmers’ Market with a live cooking demo and samples of his creation at noon.  Join Chef Miller to learn how to create his Warm Summer Squash Salad. Other chefs are scheduled to present cooking demonstrations throughout the season.  

Warm Summer Squash Salad 

Makes 10 1/2 cup servings 


1 lb. assorted zucchini 

1/4 cup sliced natural almonds 

tablespoons olive oil 

2/3 cups Parmesan cheese, shaved 

Salt and pepper to taste 


1. Cut the ends off of zucchini and julienne using a Japanese mandolin or grater. 

2. Warm oil in sauté pan with almonds. When almonds are lightly browned, add squash and remove from heat. 

3.  Toss the squash with almonds and oil, season with salt and pepper and place in serving dish. 

4. Top with cheese and serve. 


The market accepts EBT/WIC and conducts a Market Match program for EBT customers to increase their spending power. More information about Market Match can be found at the market’s information booth. 


Natividad is a vital partner in Everyone’s Harvest’s Fresh Rx Program, an innovative partnership between health care providers and farmers’ markets focused on preventative health care in the fight against the rise of chronic diseases related to nutrition insecurity. Doctors identify and “prescribe” fresh fruits and vegetables to nutrition insecure patients at risk for chronic diet-related diseases. They provide them with weekly $25 vouchers to the farmers’ market that they can redeem for fresh produce. Health and lifestyle data of Fresh Rx participants are tracked and reported to ensure program progress. 


For more information about Natividad’s Farmers’ Market visit 



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About Natividad 

Natividad is an acute care hospital and trauma center providing high-quality health care to everyone in Monterey County, regardless of their ability to pay. Located in Salinas, Calif., Natividad is a public health care system offering a wide range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and specialty medical care. Founded in 1886, the 172-bed medical center has more than 10,000 admissions and nearly 42,000 emergency visits annually. Home to the area's only Level II Trauma Center, the hospital's specialized personnel, equipment and services provide a vital local community service that saves lives and keeps patients close to home. Natividad's Baby-Friendly® facility delivers 2,200 babies each year and is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. It also operates an accredited Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, giving the tiniest and most fragile babies the best chance for a healthy start. Through its UCSF-affiliated Natividad Family Medicine Residency, Natividad is the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast. For more information, please call (831) 755-4111. 


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Hillary Fish, Director of Marketing & Community Relations, 831-783-2693 

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