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Farm-to-Healthcare Program
Since 2007, Island Hospital has participated in the Farm-to-Healthcare initiative that has proven its value for the community, patients, employees and local farmers. Island Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the region to sign the "Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge".
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Farm Stand at Island Hospital

Island Hospital hosts a local farm stand every Tuesday, June 10 - September 9, 2014 from 11 AM - 4 PM in the courtyard near the 24th Street entrance. Enjoy fresh produce from Schuh Farms and seasonal produce from eastern Washington farms. Also available will be fresh pies, Avenue Bread and local honey.

Accompanying the farm stand each week will be wellness information, resources for staying healthy, cooking demonstrations and recipes!                 

For more information about the farm stand call Suzie DuPuis at 299-1300 x2567.

Farm-to-Healthcare Reaps Multiple Rewards

Along with the obvious health benefits of eating produce that is pesticide-free, certified organic or otherwise less exposed to chemical treatment, the Farm-to-Healthcare program promotes better nutrition, supports local farmers, reduces air pollution by shortening the trip needed to deliver food and helps preserve the agrarian landscape of Skagit County.

At Island Hospital this initiative has resulted in fresher products for patient and cafeteria meals, a Tuesday farm stand on the hospital campus and a consumer-supported agriculture (CSA) program.

For more information on any of these exciting programs, contact Suzie DuPuis, 299-1300, ext. 2567 or Sherrie Veatch, ext. 1377.

Community-Supported Agriculture

In cooperation with Hedlin Farms of La Conner, Island Hospital is hosting a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. Participants in the CSA pay a fee at the beginning of the season and pickup a box of fresh fruits and vegetables each week in the parking lot off of 26th Street near the Emergency entrance.

Typically, there are eight to ten different items with a full share representing the amount for a family of four. Tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce, radishes, artichokes and spinach are some of the expected produce to be included, and selection will change over the course of the season. The full season is 20 weeks and the short season is 12 weeks; both begin the first week in June.

Those participating in the CSA have been very pleased with the quality and freshness of the produce in the weekly box.

For more information, or to sign up contact Lauren or Serena at
Hedlin Farms at (360) 466-3977; email hedlin@hedlinfarms.com.

Cafeteria and Patient Meals

Farm fresh produce will continue to be incorporated into the cafeteria, Island Bistro, and hospital patient menus. Island Bistro continues to provide local, fresh ingredients and to offer an array of healthy choices. The Food Services Department plans to offer more vegetarian and gluten-free selections for people who follow these diets. 

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