Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets Grow to More than 50
By Susannah Patton
Published August 9, 2012
Kaiser Permanente, a champion of making fresh produce available to its members, employees and communities, announced this week that it now hosts more than 50 farmers markets and farm stands at its hospitals and facilities across the country.
Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets
“We are thrilled that our markets are thriving and expanding at our hospitals and in our communities,” says Preston Maring, MD, a Kaiser Permanente physician who started one of the first hospital-based farmers markets in 2003 at Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland Medical Center. “It’s great for the health of the people who shop there, and great for local family farmers.”
As part of its mission and commitment to total health, Kaiser Permanente recently launched a new weekly, all organic farmers market outside its headquarters in Oakland, Calif. New markets and farm stands have also opened this summer in Corona, Calif., as well as Cleveland Heights and Willoughby, Ohio. In addition to California and Ohio, Kaiser Permanente hosts markets in Hawaii, Oregon and Maryland.