The Farmers’ Market at Wishard kicked off its third season of fresh and local produce on May 18, including a variety of baked goods, fresh veggies, honey products and other food.
Each Tuesday throughout the rest of spring and for most of the summer from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the perimeter of the wellness gardens behind the Bryce Building at Wishard Memorial Hospital, 1002 Wishard Blvd., will be transformed into a farmers’ market, with several vendors, local farmers, bakers and beekeepers. Signs will direct market goers to the location. The market will close Sept. 7.
The Farmers’ Market at Wishard is part of the Indianapolis hospital’s wellness program. The fitness project, Wishard Wellness, began in 2005 as a way to encourage its employees to place wellness and health as a top priority. Since its inception, the program has expanded to include simple steps to wellness, through which Wishard staff members are rewarded with various health-related prizes for their efforts. These gardens provide a way for employees to get outside and garden during lunchtime and on breaks; and simply escape. A mobile spa and workout area are also available in the gardens, for all departments to use to de-stress while at work.
“Wellness is such an important initiative here at Wishard,” said Mary Robbins-Nierste, a registered nurse and 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 main goal is to attract Wishard employees and others to the Indiana University Medical Center campus, all visitors and guests are welcome to stop and visit the farmers’ market. If you have any questions about the market at Wishard, please call (317) 630-7374.