Shoppers stop at Henry’s Market on Main at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital June 20. The market is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the summer.

Shoppers stop at Henry’s Market on Main at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital June 20. The market is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the summer.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Farmers market kicks off summer at West Bloomfield hospital

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 22, 2018

 Every week, the market hosts a local vendor who supplies items and produce that might not be available at the market otherwise. On June 20, the visiting vendor was Kate Livingston, of Livingston Farms.

Every week, the market hosts a local vendor who supplies items and produce that might not be available at the market otherwise. On June 20, the visiting vendor was Kate Livingston, of Livingston Farms.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital kicked off the summer by opening up the fourth annual Henry’s Market on Main, a farmers market for patients and residents of the community. 

The market, held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the hospital, gives patients, employees and residents the opportunity to buy fresh local produce grown right at the hospital’s greenhouse.

“The produce goes straight into our kitchen ... but we sell some of it at (the market),” said Trevor Johnson, resident farmer at the hospital. Johnson manages the 1,500-square-foot greenhouse and provides educational opportunities to hospital patients, visitors, guests and students. 

The hospital hosts programs like “Chef for a Day” and “Farmer for a Day” for students, as well as classes on healthy eating for adults. 

“Having a good source of local produce available to our staff and the community is the perfect way to promote good nutrition in a sustainable way,” said David Schwartz, a dietician at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. “We improve the health of our community and help our patients feel welcome here in the hospital.” 

Available at the market are baked goods, herbs, honey, flowers, seedlings and products made in the hospital café, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. What isn’t grown at the hospital is bought directly from Michigan farmers by Johnson to be sold at the market. 

“We wanted to find a way around having to take the farmers’ time from another market,” said Johnson. “We’ve found a very successful program. It’s volunteer-driven. They’re all very passionate people.” 

Every week of the market, chefs will share recipes and samples of dishes using ingredients grown in the hospital’s greenhouse. 

“You help create a resilient, sustainable food system,” said Schwartz. “Supporting family farms keeps our money in Michigan, which helps support our local community.” 

Everyone is welcome to visit the market, said Johnson, not just people who work at the hospital or are visiting. 

“It’s a good place for a market for fresh produce,” he said. “We want to be mindful of people’s health, and making fresh produce available to (people) is right up our alley.” 

The proceeds of the market benefit the West Bloomfield and Keego Harbor Blessings in a Backpack program, which provides food to schoolchildren who are food insecure. 

“We order and facilitate produce to get to them every week,” Johnson said. “The money you’re spending is going to low-income kids to eat for the weekend.” 

Henry’s Market accepts cash and credit cards, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh programs. 

For more information, call (248) 325-2060.

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