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Lots of incentives for market shoppers

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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:30 am

Shoppers flocked to Elmhurst Hospital’s third annual Greenmarket opening on Tuesday morning.

The Greenmarket gave out incentives to community members who intended on making the market part of their weekly lives. Hospital employees and patients were also given coupons and discounts.

“It’s logical to have a market at a hospital since their are so many programs to promote health here,” External Affairs Director Atiya Butler said.

“It’s nice to get healthy food,” pharmacy technician Adrian Toro said.

To accompany the fresh veggies, the Cornell Cooperative Extension put on cooking demonstrations during the opening event. There were also giveaways and live music to entertain the crowd.

The market, which is operated by the nonprofit GrowNYC, is open every Tuesday until Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The vendors, who are all from New York State, are Fresh Radish Farm of Orange County, Meredith’s Bakery:Baked Goods from Ulster County, R & G Produce from Orange County and Terhune Orchards from Dutchess County.

Food stamps and WIC and Senior FMNP coupons are accepted as well as credit and debit cards. Additionally, for every $5 spent with food stamps, customers receive a $2 Health Buck coupon to purchase additional fruits and vegetables.

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