South San Francisco, CA August 25, 2023 Submitted by Karl Sonkin, Kaiser Permanente
Fruit, veggies, and other healthy food available as Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco’s farmers market reopens following a pandemic shut down.
There were berries, broccoli, and big crowds at the Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center’s farmers market this week, which reopened after being shut down for years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than a half-dozen vendors were offering healthy fruits, veggies, and more.
“Well, it’s great to have a farmers market here at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco,” said Craig Hou, MD, a neurologist, who carried a large bag of fresh pita bread from the Naan Tika table. “There are a lot of hand-made goods as well.”
Hou was shopping the market on his lunch break, looking at California Breads and then studying the organic fruit and vegetable offerings by Rodriguez Farms. The farmer was selling large boxes of strawberries, and Kaiser Permanente employees were seen buying multiple boxes.
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center opened the first farmers market 21 years ago after retired Kaiser Permanente Physician Preston Maring, MD, started sharing healthy recipes online. There are now more than 50 farmers markets at Kaiser Permanente medical centers nationwide.
The Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco farmers market operates on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the hospital at 1200 El Camino Real.