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Cleveland Clinic Opens Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 8:31 PM

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Where can you get your blood pressure checked, a recipe for blueberry pancakes, and a shopping bag full of locally grown produce all at the same time? The Cleveland Clinic. ideastream health reporter Gretchen Cuda has more on the hospital farmer’s market that opened yesterday.

Nutrition hasn’t always been a significant portion of a doctor’s education, but Michael Roizen, who runs the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Center, says physicians are coming around.  And to help encourage healthy eating among its patients, staff and visitors, the Cleveland Clinic is making it easy – by sponsoring a weekly farmers market right on it’s campus.  Eating well, says Roizen, is simple preventative healthcare.

ROIZEN: America is spending twice as much on medical care as Europe.  And the reason is because we’ve got twice the chronic disease.  And there are three things that lead to twice the chronic disease: tobacco, physical inactivity and food choices.  And it’s easy for everyone to change food choices. 

The idea was met with plenty of enthusiasm.  Despite the threat of rain, the crowd is bustling, with employees and visitors buying all sorts of produce brought in from nearby farms.

FARMER : We’re selling sweet corn, peppers, hot peppers, jalapeños, green peppers, red potatoes, pickles, cucumbers, tomatoes lettuce, Swiss chard, and ugh .. that’s it.  That’s what we’re selling today

Organizers say the market isn’t just for staff and patients – its’ really intended to be something for the entire community – a place where fresh produce can be found in an urban environment.  It’s also educational – free wellness clinics will be at each market, along with samples of healthy recipes prepared with seasonal items by cafeteria chefs. 

CHEF: The theme this week is blueberries.  So we are doing a multigrain blueberry pancake and we’re also doing a delicious lemon blueberry chicken salad.  Recipes are available if they’d like to make them at home after they taste everything here

And whatever isn’t sold, chefs say, will be bought by the clinic and incorporated into the following day’s cafeteria menu, ensuring that the market is a success for farmers as well.  Gretchen Cuda, 90.3

Additional Information

The Cleveland Clinic Farmer’s Market will be located on the lawn in front of the Crile (A) building off of East 100th Street every Wednesday from July 30 through October 22. Employees, community members, patients and visitors are all welcome to attend. For more information, call 216-751-7656

The Cleveland Clinic Farmer's Market is operated by the North Union Farmer's Market, whic runs a number of farmer's markets around the cleveland area A list of locations can be found on their website.

A list of Northeast Ohio farmer's markets can be found here and for the Cleveland area on the Green City Blue Lake website.

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