Farmers Markets and CSA Programs

Our largest campus partnered with North Union Farmers Market to establish a multivendor producer-only farmers’ market in 2013. The pilot market season ran from July 25 to October 3, and was open to patients, employees and the local community. Both SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards and Produce Perks incentives were accepted at the market. The Produce Perks incentive is a dollar-for-dollar match to every dollar spent (up to $10) using an Ohio Direction Card at the farm stands.

UH Case Medical Center's Farmers Market

View of UH Case Medical Center’s farmers’ market, Lakeside Garden

In 2014, the market will return to the University Hospitals Case Medical Center campus and the selling season will be extended.

Examples of local farm stands and CSAs at community hospitals in the summer of 2013:

  • Countyline Farms at University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center set up a farm stand.
  • Dash Farm provided a farm stand at University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center.
  • Rainbow Farms provided employees with CSA shares at University Hospitals Bedford and UH Richmond medical centers in the summer of 2013, as well as UH Geneva Medical Center.

Employee Fresh Food Buying Club

In 2013, UH continued its partnership with a local company called Fresh Fork to provide employees the opportunity to join a community-supported agriculture program, and to pick up their shares at work. The program is a weekly subscription service to fresh and local foods sourced from over 90 farms within 75 miles of Cleveland, Ohio. Subscribers receive a grab bag of “groceries” for 22 weeks over the summer, and the program includes meat and dairy as well as high-quality local produce. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Subscribers are provided with weekly email updates that present nutritional information and recipes for the food they are receiving.

15 Environmental Excellence awards

UH received 15 Environmental Excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, including the prestigious System for Change award, for our systemwide achievements in sustainability in 2013.