Food Management: Pop-up Farmers’ Markets Highlight Hospital’s Local Purchase Commitment

The HHS culinary team at Heartland Regional Medical Center was featured in Food Management recently for their popular pop-up farmers’ market. The market serves as a way to bring fresh, sustainable, and farm-to-table items to the community. Read the full article here.

From the article:

The nutrition services department at the 98-bed facility Heartland Regional Medical Center (HRMC) in Marion, Ill., has been holding pop-up farmers’ markets a couple of times a month since July.

“Our company has a strong commitment to serving fresh, sustainable, farm-to-table items, and were looking for more ways to provide those fresh items,” says Jason Bessette, vice president for foodservice management company HHS, which operates dining at HRMC, about how the markets originally came about. “There are farmers’ markets all over the area, so we thought, why not have one here?”