Farmers' Market at Wishard Brings Healthy Choices to Employees and Visitors 

Local farmers to sell fresh fruits, vegetables and plants at hospital

Contact: Todd Harper
Phone: (317) 630-7808
Pager: (317) 310-5972

Indianapolis, May 1, 2012 -- On Tuesday, May 8, the Farmers' Market at Wishard will kick off its fifth season of fresh and local produce, fresh baked goods, plants and honey products and other market items.

Each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., through September 4, the perimeter of the Wishard Wellness Gardens behind the Bryce Building at Wishard Memorial Hospital will be transformed into a farmers' market with several vendors, local farmers, bakers and beekeepers. Signs will be displayed to direct market goers to the location.

The Farmers' Market at Wishard is part of the innovative Wishard Wellness program. Wishard Wellness began in 2005 as a way to encourage employees to place wellness and health as a top priority.

Since its inception, the program has expanded to include Simple Steps to Wellness, where Wishard staff members are rewarded with various health-related prizes for their efforts toward wellness; the Wishard Wellness Gardens, a way for employees to get outside and gardening during lunchtime and on breaks; and Simply Escape, a mobile spa and workout area available for all departments to use to de-stress while at work.   

"Wellness is such an important initiative here at Wishard," said Mary Robbins-Nierste, RN, director of Wishard Wellness. "We're committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle for our patients, guests and staff, and the Farmers' Market at Wishard is another way we can do that."

While the program's aim is to attract Wishard employees and others on the IU Medical Center campus, all visitors and guests are welcome to stop by and visit the Farmers' Market at Wishard. If you have any questions about the Farmers' Market at Wishard, please call 317-630-7374.