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Metro Health Will Again Host Farmers’ Market

Metro Health Hospital will kick off its popular summer farmers’ market on Thursday, May 6, with expanded offerings.

Now in its fifth year, the weekly open-air market will host more – and more diverse – vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, plants, flowers and other locally grown and produced foods, as well as handcrafted artisan items such as jewelry, soap and candles, on site at the Wyoming hospital. The market will also hold free health screenings, including blood pressure checks and others.

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New this year, the farmers’ market will play host to live entertainment, including local musicians. Additionally, more vendors will be set up to accept Project Fresh Coupons, a state of Michigan program that encourages eating healthy fruits and vegetables by offering coupons redeemable at farmers’ markets to residents on food assistance.

The market, which is free and open to area residents, hospital visitors, physicians and employees, is held every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street in Metro Health Village from May 6 through late September or early October.

Metro Health first hosted a farmers’ market in 2006 when it was still located in the city of Grand Rapids. The market, which was then biweekly, began as an initiative to encourage employees to live healthier lifestyles.

Since then, it has grown into a community-wide event that attracts hundreds of visitors each week. Increased demand prompted the hospital to host the market on a weekly basis in 2008. Last year, the hospital began offering wellness programs and health screenings to attendees.

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