Hospital rooftop farm and farmers' market expands

Market has invited more vendors to participate.

June 21—The famers' market and rooftop farm at Chicago Vanguard Weiss Memorial Hospital, has announced more opportunities for the community to embrace its healthy eating environment.

"We're feeding healthy food to the community we serve," said Terry Tuohy, director of volunteer services at Weiss and mastermind behind this growing project. Tuohy had hoped the efforts would make a social impact on the diverse neighborhood surrounding the hospital. "We started a conversation on healthy living two years ago by setting up the urban farm and farmer's market in Uptown. The community is now embracing it."

The Uptown Farmers Market and Urban Rooftop Farm at Weiss received the 2011 Governor's Home Town Award, which recognized the hospital for going above and beyond in making its community a better place to live.