June 24, 2016

Holy Family Hospital’s Farmers Market Moves to Methuen Historic District on Broadway

In a move to accommodate area residents, Holy Family Hospital’s Farmers Market will be held at a new location at 254 Broadway (Rte. 28), next to the Methuen Federal Credit Union.  
The new location is highly accessible and visible because it is at the center of town, on a bus route, and offers free parking both on the street and in a parking lot directly behind the market.   
Holy Family will host the market, which is coordinated by Groundwork Lawrence. In partnership with the City of Methuen’s Office of Community Development, the market will be open each Friday from July 8 through October 28, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.   The market accepts WIC, EBT/SNAP/Food Stamps, senior coupons, cash, credit cards, and Holy Family Hospital Farmers Market Vouchers.
“The farmers market is a great addition to our community and I am excited to see it move to one of our city’s main thoroughfares, as I know that it will bring people down to our city center,” noted Methuen Mayor Stephen Zanni. 
“Health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are prevalent in the communities we serve. Farmers markets offer an abundance of healthy food choices. Fresh fruits and vegetables promote healthy eating and good nutrition, which are preventive medicine for those health conditions and many more,” said Holy Family Hospital President Joseph Roach.  
“The farmers market is entering its third year under the expert direction of Groundwork Lawrence, which is bringing together farmers, artisans, and fun activities,“ Roach added.  “The City of Methuen, also a great partner, enthusiastically identified the new, central location for the market, and worked with the property owner.”
Providing fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmers Market this year are Riverdale Farm of Groton, MA; The Groundwork Lawrence Green Team, which grows produce at the agency’s urban farm; and Fresh Start Farms of New Hampshire. Pescarderia of Lawrence will offer fresh fish.
“We are very excited to continue our partnership with Holy Family Hospital and the City of Methuen to ensure that all residents have access to healthy, affordable local produce,” said Heather McMann, executive director of Groundwork Lawrence. “Our mission is to build strong, healthy communities. The new location for the farmers market supports the city’s downtown revitalization efforts, while also improving the health of the community.”