July 14 2020

Burlington CoA and Lahey Start Annual Free Farmers Market for Seniors

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington seniors are once again being given free produce in a program aimed at helping them both save money and eat healthier. 


The Seniors Farmers' Market is a joint effort between Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and the Burlington Council on Aging. Every summer they hold weekly markets where seniors can pick up free produce. 


This year it will look a little different, as all things do. Instead of coming into the Senior Center the market will be “grab and go,” meaning seniors will just pull up and staff will place the produce in their trunks. Still, it will be a chance for staff members to quickly visit with seniors they have seen in a while. 


“We’ll get to see some of the seniors and they’ll get to see us as well,” CoA Director Marge McDonald said. “We miss them, it’s been months.”


Also, at least for the first session of the program, the market will be held in the parking lot of Burlington High School due to paving work at the Senior Center. The market will be from 2 p.m. to 2:30 at the main entrance of the school. The market is also by appointment only so anyone interested should contact the Council on Aging. 


McDonald said the market is a great program and thanked Lahey for their support. 


“It’s awesome,” she said. “It really provides a service that is extremely useful to the seniors and goes towards their goals of better health and keeping seniors healthy and out of their facility. Lahey has always been very generous to us.”


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