Health Watch: Locally grown produce at Rapid City Regional Hospital

Published: Oct. 20, 2016 at 2:43 PM MDT
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Hi my name is Scott Brinker, and I'm the head chef here at Rapid City Regional. I don't know if you've ever bought produce from a farmers market, but if you have your probably appreciate the freshness of locally grown food. Well it's no different for many local eateries and restaurants and that's the same here at Rapid City Regional hospital. Where we work to have our guest have fresh, local and wholesome food. We are proud to be one of the first in the region to offer fresh and locally grown produce from the black hills food hub which is hosted by Black Hills State University. Every week this summer the food hub is delivering local food to Rapid City Regional. We are working with farmers and the food hub to work on more things that they can grow. We will be working in through the winter, from several departments that have green houses. And other indoor type operations. You have the opportunity to buy fresh local produce as well. The farmers market is open through the weekend all the way into November. There are health benefits of locally grown food. First locally grown food tastes better. And these peppers taste better. They are picked fresh and brought to us. The locally picked fresh has more nutrients. And finally buying local food helps the economy your helping the local farmers, they feed and take care of their families. We aren't sending our money out to corporate farms. So here at regional health we are helping our guests by buying local produce live well. I'm Scott Brinker Food Nutrition manager and chef at Regional Hospital."