Trial date set for Wednesday, August 22
Farm fresh produce is not only good for you; it’s delicious and packed with nutrients. Plus, shoppers now have another opportunity to purchase beyond typical farmers’ market days offered in Fort Scott.
In conjunction with the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways grant, Mercy is collaborating with local farmers to bring a farmers’ market to the hospital cafeteria from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22. If the event is successful, future dates will be scheduled.
The public is invited. Cash and checks accepted.
“We know that finding time to eat healthy food can be a challenge between work, family, and all the extra stuff we do,” said Sherise Beckham, Mercy dietitian. “As a worksite, we want to promote healthy eating, as a community partner we want to support our farmers market, and as a healthcare facility, we want to be a model for encouraging healthy behaviors. This new collaboration with the Fort Scott Farmers’ Market allows us to do all those things and we couldn’t be more excited.”
Local vendors participating in the market are Stacey Atkins, Ronnie Brown, and Chet and Linda Bower.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy’s IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.
supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.