New Farmers' Market at the QEII Health Sciences Centre

Monday, June 15, 2009 - 9:00am

Capital Health and the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) celebrated a new partnership with the opening of the first outdoor farmers’ market on a hospital site in Nova Scotia, located at the Victoria General Site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in peninsular Halifax. The “Partners for Care Farmers’ Market at the QEII” will operate each Friday from June 12 to October 9, rain or shine. The “Terrace” and lawn area of the Victoria General Site, in front of the Centennial Building, will be the place to be on Fridays throughout the Summer and early Fall.

The market will allow Capital Health staff, visitors and the surrounding community an opportunity to buy fresh and healthy produce, meat, fish and many other items on site, while supporting local vendors/producers. One goal of this market is education. The vendors/producers are very proud and knowledgeable about their product and love to share the benefits.

Farmers’ Markets Nova Scotia is a strong supporter of this market and has been very helpful in assisting Partners for Care to locate and book the vendors/producers. The vendors/producers are also available at other markets throughout the province on other days.

“The Capital Health community will be able to eat healthier, one Friday at a time,” said Karen Mills, Manager of Partners for Care. “We also hope that this market will encourage Capital Health staff and visitors to visit the markets in their home area.”

Donald Black, Coordinator of FMNS, spoke about the new partnership: “We are very pleased to have been able to help Partners for Care make quality local food from Nova Scotia farmers accessible at the QEII Health Sciences Centre through their new Farmers' Market. They are to be congratulated for making this effort to raise everyone's awareness of the connection between the food we eat and our health and general well-being.”

Capital Health is pleased to support the growing local food economy of Nova Scotia, and recognizes that when we are able to source food locally it can provide the highest standards of nutrition and safety, along with substantial environmental and economic benefits to the province.

Partners for Care is a charitable organization dedicated to generating revenue through business initiatives to benefit patients of Capital Health. Partners for Care is proud to do its part in supporting Capital Health’s mission of “Healthy People, Healthy Communities”.

The Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia is a voluntary mutual-service cooperative created, managed, funded, and operated collectively by its member-owners, currently eleven Farmers’ Markets throughout Nova Scotia, to promote and support farmers' markets, and to encourage them to prosper.

A food bank donation box will be available onsite each week for donations to Feed Nova Scotia. Capital Health staff and neighbours are encouraged to bring their reusable bags with them.