On Wednesday, June 6th, the Cypress Center Farmers’ Market on Clarendon Health System's campus opened its doors. Situated on the main campus of the hospital, the market serves the dual role of providing its’ employees with access to fresh produce, while being an additional access point to fresh, local produce for the community.
Market Manager, Travis Pruden, thought things went pretty well for the first day. Pruden, whose primary role at CHS is the Director of the Wellness Department, has undertaken this new role as a farmers’ market manager as part of the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Working Well Initiative. Working Well is funded by The Duke Endowment, managed by the South Carolina Hospital Association, and informed by NC Prevention Partners. The goal of this statewide initiative is to help hospitals make an impact in the overall health of their employees by focusing on three primary pillars: Nutrition, Physical Activity and Tobacco. The initiative focuses on policy, system, and environment change to create healthy cultures where the healthy choice is the easy choice. “Our ultimate goal is that lessons learned within our own walls can be taken out to different worksites throughout the Clarendon community and down to the individuals, with Clarendon Health System leading the way,” Pruden says.
On Thursday, June 28th, the market will host its Grand Opening, complete with a cooking demo by the hospital’s own chef, Chef Evan Hallinan, a special gift for 50 market shoppers that afternoon, and more! The Cypress Center Farmers’ Market is now open for business on Wednesday mornings from 6:30 am-9:30 am and on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm. For more information on the farmers’ market, contact Travis Pruden at The Zone at (803) 435-5200.
For additional information regarding Working Well, please contact Kendyl Schultz.