SVMHS Certified Farmers’ Market to Kick off Friday May 14th
SALINAS, CA, May 11, 2021 - Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s Farmers’ Market kicks off its 2021 market season on Friday, May 14th. The Certified Farmers’ Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, prepared foods and other items - many of them grown by small-scale family farmers.
The Salinas Valley is known as the Salad Bowl of the World and unlike other parts of the country, many locally grown and harvested products are available year round. Eating and cooking fresh produce is part of a healthy lifestyle, which can reduce the risk of chronic illness and disease.
“The SVMHS Certified Farmers’ Market will operate under a modified plan implementing and adhering to guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Monterey County Health Department for operating this type of event during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Amanda Meyer, Health Promotion Manager at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “We look forward to seeing our neighbors and community members shopping at the Farmers’ Market on Friday afternoons.”
Under the modified market plan, the following actions will take place:
· There will be signage promoting safety tips for those in attendance.
· Face masks are required.
· We ask the community to continue practicing social distancing.
· Hand sanitizer will be available to the community and to vendors.
· Increased cleaning of surface areas.
· No seating until further notice.
People who receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps) and who use their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at the Farmers’ Market can receive bonus money toward the purchase of fruits and vegetables. The Farmers’ Market is supported and funded by Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and in partnership with Everyone’s Harvest, a local nonprofit that operates certified farmers’ markets in Monterey County.
The SVMHS Farmers’ Market begins Friday, May 14th from 12:30pm-5:30pm in the MRI parking lot of the hospital at the corner of Wilgart Way and East Romie Lane. The Farmers’ Market will take place every Friday afternoon until November 12th. In November, the market will close at 4:30pm due to the time change. For more information, call our Health Promotion Department at 831-759-1890 or visit svmh.com/farmersmarket.
About Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the region through an integrated network of health care initiatives, services and facilities. In addition to an acute care, public district hospital licensed for 263 beds, the system includes Salinas Valley Medical Clinic, a multi-location clinic expanding access to primary and specialty care, and offers 13 urgent care locations. SVMHS is one of the area’s largest employers with a staff of more than 2000, and is a leader in providing nationally recognized quality care. Collaboration is an important operating principle for SVMHS in such key areas as our Level III NICU which is operated in a joint venture with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford; The Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes, partnership with UCSF; Aspire Health Plan, Monterey County’s only Medicare Advantage program; Community Health Innovations and Blue Zones Project Monterey County, building a community where people live longer and live healthier. For more, visit svmh.com.