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VA, local farms host markets for vets

Manchester VA Medical Center
September 13. 2017 11:55PM

Doris Lindgren of Manchester distributes fresh produce while serving as a volunteer at the free farmers’ market for veterans held at the Manchester VA Medical Center Aug. 30. A second market will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20. (Manchester VA Medical Center)

MANCHESTER — The Manchester VA looks forward to hosting a free farmers’ market for veterans next week — the second and final one for the season.

The event, featuring local farms, will take place Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m., outside the Mountain Entrance of the Manchester VA Medical Center.

Veterans who attended the first farmers’ market last month were given an opportunity to make selections from an extensive assortment of fruits and vegetables.

At the event, Maureen Foltz, Manchester VA clinical dietitian, hosted a “tasting tent” that provided a heart-healthy cabbage salad along with the recipe.

The farms that participated by making generous donations of produce to support our veterans included Brookside Farm in Pelham; Lull Farm in Hollis; Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry; Farm & Fresh Fruit Market in Manchester; Countryside Farm in Dracut, Mass.; and Lawndale Farm in Tyngsborough, Mass.

United Veterans Services made a donation to supplement produce from the local farms.

“Healthy eating is something we all need assistance with, and should take seriously,” said Alfred Montoya, acting director of the Manchester VA. “As we make our way forward, embracing and supporting our community partners is essential. This seasonal market for veterans is another shining example of New Hampshire’s commitment to those who serve.”

The VA is located at 718 Smyth Road. To learn more about the market, or to contribute or volunteer, contact Manchester VA Voluntary Services at 800-892-8384, ext. 6419.


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