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Farmers markets target area seniors

"Whatever they ask for we try to accommodate and bring them, whether it's a lemon or lime, we'll make sure we have it for them because we know a lot can't get out," said Petuske.

The products are only the very best, said Petuske, which has been the family's approach to farming for decades.

"We're very picky about what products go on our farm stands, who we purchase them from and what we grow and that's the same values we put on the trailer and bring to the seniors," said Petuske. "If we wouldn't eat it or put it in our mouths, we certainly won't sell it."

So far, the crowds have fluctuated.

"It's been steady; they build and you have your ups and downs depending on the weather," said Petuske. "A lot have food stamps so if they're running low they're cautious and we might not see them for a week or two now corn is here and that's what they're all looking for."

Hansen said the farmers markets are a natural extension of SWH's overall mission.

"Our focus is on the whole approach to keeping seniors living at home and aging independently if they have difficulty eating well and smart and having access to fresh fruits and produce, that goes against everything we are as a company not to provide things like this," said Hansen.

For a list of market locations and times call 472-5200 and for more information visit seniorwholehealth.com.

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