St. Mary-Corwin Launches Farm Stand this Saturday

(Pueblo, CO) - St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is going into the vegetable business. This Saturday, July 19, the hospitals farm stand will kick off in the Lake Avenue parking lot next to Lake Minnequa. The farm stand will run from 8 to 10:30 a.m., just north of Fire Station No. 4.

Saturdays inaugural farm stand will feature vegetables from the seasons freshest crops, harvested by a consortium of 16 local farmers. Certified, organic, produce available includes beets, Red Russian kale, Costata Romanesco zucchini, regular zucchini and yellow summer squash. Uncertified, organic, New Fire Red Frilly lettuce will be offered as well as baby orange carrots, cucumbers (slicers), green onions and Rising Star peaches from Colorados Western Slope. One pound jars of Blue Raven natural honey will also be available.

St. Mary-Corwin is so excited to sponsor our first farm stand, enthused Linda Stetter, Director of Mission and Integration at the hospital. This is long overdue for nearly 1,000 families in our neighborhood, whose health is at risk every day because they have limited access to healthy, fresh food choices within a reasonable distance.

A different vegetable will be featured each week, with kale taking the starring role this Saturday. The hospital will provide important nutritional information on this nutritious leafy green vegetable, as well as recipes that are easy and fun to prepare.

The farm stand project is designed to provide access to healthy, affordable food, especially for families living in the Bessemer area, which is considered both a food desert and a food swamp. Many families near St. Mary-Corwin only have three convenience stores as their major access to food, and that forces unhealthy eating choices on families. The vegetables offered at St. Mary-Corwins farm stand have been recommended by physicians who have prioritized which vegetables and fruits which would be especially beneficial for people who struggle with obesity and diabetes.

St. Mary-Corwins farm stand is not just about convenience. Our model for this farm stand is not the usual farmers market, Linda explains. We have listened carefully to our doctors who tell us that what patients eat every day makes a huge difference in their battles with diabetes, high blood pressure and complications from obesity. Therefore, the produce we feature will be carefully selected to support the efforts of our patients as they do their best to maintain a healthier lifestyle. We really are what we eat!

There are many benefits to St. Mary-Corwins farm stand. The farm-fresh produce supports local farmers. Its a convenience for St. Mary-Corwin associates, volunteers and physician, as well as others employed nearby. Most importantly, its a win for anyone on a limited budget, because it will help them stretch their food dollars further.

Saturdays farm stand will be cash only.

Walk before you Shop

Join Drs. Candace Murbach and Bonnie Wong from Southern Colorado Family Medicine for a walk around Lake Minnequa at 8 a.m. The walk is free and starts by the Lake Avenue fire station across from St. Mary-Corwin. In addition to great health tips, walkers will receive a free pedometer and t-shirt. The first 20 walkers will receive a coupon for free produce at the farm stand at the completion of the walk.

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About St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in womens services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwins expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, connecting individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. For more information on St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, please visit www.stmarycorwin.org or follow on Twitter @StMaryCorwin and facebook.com/StMaryCorwin..