ERMC Farmers Market opens for the season, draws crowds

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) Farmers Market opened for the 2019 season on Wednesday, May 29, drawing larger than anticipated numbers of shoppers. From the hours of 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. the local market saw more than 70 visitors browsing fresh produce, sampling local, hand-crafted goods, and chatting with the vendors assembled in the hospital parking lot.

Now in its ninth year, the ERMC Farmers Market serves the Eaton Rapids community by making fresh, local produce readily available, and promoting wellness through a healthy diet. The market also makes healthier eating more accessible to those of all income levels – SNAP EBT Bridge Cards, WIC, Project FRESH, Senior Project FRESH, Market FRESH Coupons, and Double-Up Food Bucks are all accepted, and encouraged. Many residents find their funds through these programs go further at the Farmers Market, and they get more for their money by supporting local farmers.

As an added resource for mothers and children this year, the Barry-Eaton District Health Department will be issuing $25.00 coupon booklets for WIC participants who are pregnant, postpartum or children ages 1-4 to use at local Farmers Markets throughout the summer of 2019. To receive this booklet, WIC participants should visit the Barry-Eaton District Health Department on Thursday, June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Numerous ERMC volunteers and staff come together each year to make the Farmers Market a reality, and it’s rewarding for all to see the support and enthusiasm from the community. Leslie Neubecker-Czubko, registered dietitian nutritionist at Eaton Rapids Medical Center and the driving force behind the Farmers Market, works diligently to ensure the market is comprised of a diverse group of vendors each season. Last Wednesday’s offerings included fresh, hand-picked asparagus, homegrown rhubarb, and sun-ripened strawberries.

"We want our residents to support our local economy and their health by buying fresh fruits and vegetables at the market,” says Neubecker-Czubko. “We appreciate being able to provide a place where local produce vendors and community members can come together.”

The ERMC Farmers Market will be in the parking lot of the hospital every Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. through October 2, 2019. If you would like to learn more about the market, the nutritional programs available at ERMC, or any other services offered by the hospital please visit https://www.eatonrapidsmedicalcenter.org/.

Article posted on June 4th, 2019.