The Fresh Market at our Hospital is Back!


The Fresh Market takes place every Wednesday from June 20 to October 3 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Stop by between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. every Wednesday to see what our Hospital’s Fresh Market has to offer!

By Vanessa Masters - June 23, 2018

After a long spring, summer is here and that means fresh produce is just around the corner! Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is welcoming back the Fresh Market, an onsite farmer’s market that offers fresh, local, and healthy items to our staff, patients and visitors.

The Fresh Market will host fresh produce vendors, such as Vegetate Market Garden, with local fruits and vegetables. After the success of last year, the Market Stall will return with a variety of items including coffee, herbs, eggs, and homemade granola. This will also mean the return of local meat available as a pre-ordered item. The Fresh Market helps staff, patients and families to access healthy, local food without having to leave their workplace.

Not sure what to cook? Healthy recipes incorporating ingredients sold at the Fresh Market will be available to attendees. These encourage staff, patients and families to buy produce they may not have cooked with before and try new meal ideas that are both nutritious and delicious. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to fill out a ballot to win a reusable Fresh Market bag, simply by answering an interactive question regarding the importance of healthy eating as a lead in to the Eating Healthy Together model.

Eating Healthy Together is a model that aims to create a supportive food environment at our Hospital, including providing healthy food for purchase combined with comprehensive nutrition education. Launching in 2019, the Eating Healthy Together model will support healthier food options for staff and visitors. The World Health Organization recognizes both hospitals and workplaces as priority environments for influencing eating behaviours. The Fresh Market is a great way to start creating a healthy and supportive food environment while supporting the local farmers in our region.

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