Fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods will be available for employees, community residents and visitors at four Farmer’s Markets hosted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The first Farmer’s Market will be held on Monday, July 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. near Nationwide Children’s Human Resources building in parking lot E-4.
“The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Employee Wellness program invites all surrounding communities to our third annual Farmer’s Markets,” said Cindi Solomon, program coordinator. “Local residents are encouraged to shop healthy.” For the first time this year, most farmers will accept the Ohio EBT card, WIC and Senior coupons.
During the first Farmer’s Market, attendees can browse the market for fresh produce and gather health information. The second market will include a cooking demonstration from Nationwide Children’s from Kari DuBro, employee wellness dietitian, who will show registered participants how to prepare some of the market’s produce and provide samples. Cooking demonstrations are open to the public by registering with EmployeeWellness@NationwideChildrens.org. The third market will include apple-tasting. The fourth market will include a pumpkin decorating contest.
“Nationwide Children's Hospital's Farmer's Markets represent a great active living tool for their employees and a commitment to workplace wellness,” said Barb Seckler, director of the Institute for Active Living at Columbus Public Health. “By accepting the Ohio EBT card, Nationwide Children’s is expanding access to nutritious food to its employees and neighboring residents.”
Future Farmer’s Markets will be held on August 16 and September 13 and October 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. near Nationwide Children’s Human Resources building.