Mobile Farmers Market

Mobile Farmers Market - Virtua

Healthy Options on the Go


With the goal of improving health and ensuring good nutrition in under-served areas identified as food deserts, Virtua provides a Mobile Farmer’s Market that provides access to produce year round. Food deserts are those areas defined as lacking in reliable access to sufficient, affordable, nutritious food.


The Mobile Market, a 23-foot bus brimming with fresh produce, will sell fruits and vegetables at significantly reduced prices in communities throughout Burlington and Camden counties four days a week.

Calendar

Check out our monthly calendar to see days/times when the mobile market will be coming to a neighborhood near you.

 

*Please note changes to schedule and check back regularly for updates

While Supplies Last!

  

July

Monday, July 2
Reserved for special youth programming pop-up event, All Day

Tuesday, July 3
Reserved for special youth programming pop-up event, All Day

Wednesday, July 4
Closed in Observance of Independence Day

Thursday, July 5
Closed for Strategic Planning

Monday, July 9
Reserved for special youth programming pop-up event, All Day

Tuesday, July 10

Special Youth Visit, Voorhees, 9:30 to 11 am

Roosevelt Plaza Park, 520 Market Street, Camden, Noon to 3 pm, Partnership Event with Connect The Lots (CTL) Camden. Please follow this link for additional details and full program schedule: connectthelotscamden.com


Wednesday, July 11
Winslow Center, 510 Williamstown Road, Sicklerville, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm


Thursday, July 12
Woodlane Square Shopping Center, 798 Woodlane Road, Westampton, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Saturday, July 14
Dudley Grange Park (Federal Street across from Woodrow Wilson High), Camden, 9 am to Noon, Partnership Event with Connect The Lots (CRL) Camden – “I Walk Camden” with Camden City’s Mayor, Hon. Frank Moran. Please follow this link for additional details and *Free* event registration: connectthelotscamden.com/i-walk-camden.html

Monday, July 16
Camden Healthy Start (CHS), 808 Market Street, Camden, Noon to 3 pm, Partnership Event with Virtua Pediatric Mobile Services and CHS during their monthly *Free Diaper Program*. Please follow this link for additional details: camdenhealthystart.org/free-diaper-program

Tuesday, July 17

Special Youth Visit, Voorhees, 9:30 to 11 am

Roosevelt Plaza Park, 520 Market Street, Camden, Noon to 3 pm, Partnership Event with Connect The Lots (CTL) Camden. Please follow this link for additional details and full program schedule: connectthelotscamden.com


Wednesday, July 18
Winslow Center, 510 Williamstown Road, Sicklerville, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm


Thursday, July 19
Woodlane Square Shopping Center, 798 Woodlane Road, Westampton, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Monday, July 23
Closed for Training

Tuesday, July 24

Special Youth Visit, Voorhees, 9:30 to 11 am

Roosevelt Plaza Park, 520 Market Street, Camden, Noon to 3 pm, Partnership Event with Connect The Lots (CTL) Camden. Please follow this link for additional details and full program schedule: connectthelotscamden.com

Wednesday, July 25
Winslow Center, 510 Williamstown Road, Sicklerville, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Thursday, July 26
Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 E. 2nd Street, Burlington, 10 am to 3 pm, Partnership Event with The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program at Virtua and Virtua Pediatric Mobile Services - *Free Mammograms*  for qualifying Burlington and Camden County residents. Please follow this link to determine eligibility for free cancer screenings and for additional details on how to sign up: virtua.org/services/cancer-treatment/njceed-at-virtua

Monday, July 30
Reserved for special programming pop-up event, All Day

Tuesday, July 31

Special Youth Visit, Voorhees, 9:30 to 11 am

Roosevelt Plaza Park, 520 Market Street, Camden, Noon to 3 pm, Partnership Event with Connect The Lots (CTL) Camden. Please follow this link for additional details and full program schedule: connectthelotscamden.com

Community Partners

Virtua is proud to partner with Whole Foods Market to bring fresh premium produce to our community.


Whole Foods - Virtua

Recipes

The following are recipes that are not only healthy,
but delicious as well:


Chunky Grape Salsa

Ingredients
  • 1 medium navel orange, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 8 oz. seedless Welch’s grapes, stemmed and cut into quarters
  • ½ cup chopped red pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tbsp minced jalapenos (optional)
  • ½ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice
  • About 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • One 8 oz. bag baked tortilla chips
Directions
In a medium bowl, mix the orange, grapes, red pepper, cilantro, green onions and jalapenos if using. Stir in the grape juice and lime juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more lime juice if needed. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.


Sesame Apple Salad
This amazingly fresh light salad has a mildly nutty flavor. A hint of mint and the sweetness of an apple compliment the overall taste, making this the perfect salad to enjoy on these hot summer days.

Ingredients
  • 2 Apples
  • 2 Medium Carrots
  • 1 bunch of small radishes
  • ½ cup (125 ml) Golden Raisins
  • ½ cup (125 ml) Chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup (125 ml) Chopped fresh mint
Dressing
  • ¼ cup (50 ml) Cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) Honey
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon Mustard
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) Sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
Quarter apples; remove core and thinly slice. Set aside in large bowl. Peel carrots and cut into matchstick pieces. Add to apples. Slice radishes and cut into thin strips. Add to apples. Gently toss with raisins, parsley and mint. In small bowl, whisk together, vinegar, honey, Dijon, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in oil. Just before serving, toss salad with dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds. 

*tip – add grilled chicken or salmon to make into full meal. 


Apple Pear Cucumber Salad
This crunchy, sweet and tangy salad mixes familiar fruits and veggies with whole grain mustard dressing and apple cider vinegar. Great as a snack or side with any main course of your choosing.

Ingredients
  • 2 tart, crunchy apples (Granny Smith, Pink Lady®)
  • 1 Red or Green Pear (D’Anjou, Red D’Anjou, Red or Green Bartlett, etc.)
  • 1 cucumber (seedless or seeded)
  • 1 small sweet onion
Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped (can used 2 tsp dried)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil
Directions

For the dressing, mix together the mustard, dill, sugar and oil. Set aside.


For the salad, Core and slice apples and pears into thin slices, leaving skin on for color, flavor and nutrition. Slice and peel cucumber, if using cucumber with seeds, cut in half lengthwise, scrape out seeds, and cut into half-moon slices. Slice onion any way you like. Add items to bowl with dressing and toss to coat.



For more nutritious and healthy recipes, click on the following provided by our Virtua registered dietitians:


Food Safety

Here are helpful resources to use when shopping for produce:


Feeding America Data

Learn more about local food insecurity in New Jersey communities by exploring data from Feeding America’s Annual Map the Meal Gap project.

Fast Facts

In New Jersey, 1,151,890 people live in food-insecure households. 
(Source: Map the Meal Gap, Feeding America and Community Food Bank of New Jersey, 2014.)

  • In Burlington County, it is estimated that over 50,000 people live in food insecure households. 
  • In Camden County, it is estimated that over 70,000 people live in food insecure households.

 Fast Facts about the Virtua Mobile Farmers Market


  • The Virtua Mobile Farmers Market Program will serve residents in Burlington and Camden counties.

  • The Market will offer affordable access to produce, increasing access to fruits and vegetables to families who can benefit from them the most. The market will operate year-round.

  • The program will measure success by surveying patrons on behavior change such as eating habits, recipes/nutrition and other health and wellness metrics.

  • The Virtua Mobile Farmers Market will sell items at a deeply reduced cost and will accept SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

  • As a health system, Virtua will address the needs of the entire family and not only an individual. Three bag-size choices are offered to our patrons based on the number of people in the family or household. Small, medium or large bags are offered and our policy is to fill to the top for a price-fixed option.

  • Customers who shop with the Virtua Mobile Farmers Market receive a calendar, recipe tips and health information in English and Spanish along with their produce.

  • Virtua works in partnership with its Registered Dietitians to provide health education and nutrition information to support the work of the initiative.

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Contact Information

Virtua Mobile Market Contact Information:

Deanna Santo
Lead Mobile Market Coordinator
DSanto@virtua.org

 

Ty Baker
Mobile Market Coordinator
TTbaker@virtua.org

 

Jillian Ceasrine
Registered Dietitian
JCeasrine@virtua.org


Suzanne Ghee
AVP, Business Development & Community Health Engagement
Sghee@virtua.org

First Birthday Celebration

Virtua's Mobile Farmers Market celebrates one year of serving fresh produce to the communities of South Jersey.

Mobile Farmers Market - Virtua for Life

As part of our mission to help the community to Be Well, Get Well and Stay Well, this program operates as a community benefit initiative. Research supports the correlation of poor health and food insecurity especially in low income communities.

Virtua conducts a community health needs assessment every two years and looks at all the health and non-health issues (also known as social determinants of health) that impact the lives and well-being of communities we serve. Food insecurity and hunger needs have increased in the Southern New Jersey which is defined as the state of being without reliable access to sufficient, affordable, nutritious food. 

In an effort to lessen this issue, the Mobile Farmers Market promotes access to healthy options and helps reduce chronic disease issues in our community such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high-cholesterol and other related conditions.