The third season of the Health Park Farmers Market opens November 8, 2016 at 9:00 am with a ribbon cutting at 10:00 am.
Health Park Farmers Market is a social enterprise that gives back 10% every week to a charity in our community. This benefit extends to vendors as the market soon will provide opportunities for assistance in growing their business through its supporting foundation.
Health Park Farmers Market efforts to enhance and support the community have expanded this season as it is now able to accept SNAP benefits. This support will increase as a grant will soon allow them the ability to offer double benefits. The grant allows SNAP recipients to literally double the amount they can spend on approved items at the market.
“Awareness of the market continues to increase as we enter our third year of operation,” explained Lisa Capozio, Lisa Capozio, MA, MS, LCN, founder and business manager of the market. “We are centrally located next to Health Park Hospital in the Village Shoppes at Health Park at the corner of Summerlin and Bass Road (Five Guys, CRUNCH, Jimmy Johns.) We have seen our attendance grow year over year as we work to support our vendors, build awareness for each participant and give our year-round residents and winter guests a fun way to shop locally.”
“The Health Park Farmers Market efforts tie in directly with the synergies created from the second annual SWFL Sustainability Summit,” shared Matt Visaggio, SWFL Sustainability Summit founder and new partner in the market. “‘Healthy People, Healthy Place, & Healthy Profit’ was our theme with the Summit in Bonita Springs, which continued the focus on improving our ‘Quality of Life’ we started the first year.”
“It’s all about engaging with people, our neighbors, to help them achieve things economically, personally, and in their families,” Visaggio added.
David Kieser, President of Midwest Food Bank shared his support that “the efforts of Health Park Farmers Market are vital to our community, by not just selling perishables, but rather giving back to our community and bringing an education to bridge the gap between prosperity and poverty.”
“We believe by supporting local business and local people we are able to offer people a way to eat better, enjoy local artisans and craftsmanship and enhance our local economy,” added Capozio. “At the same time, we get the opportunity to support and inspire local farmers and entrepreneurs. And we’re just getting started!”
|Who:||Health Park Farmers Market|
|What:||Opening Day and Celebratory Ribbon Cutting|
|When:||November 8, 2016
Market opens to the public at 9:00 am
Ribbon cutting at 10:00 am
|Where:||The Village Shoppes at Health Park
16200 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908
(across the street from HealthPark Hospital)
|Cost:||Free and open to the public|