Fresh, farmed produce debuts at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

By / Posted on October 14th, 2015

October 7, 2015

Contact: Maureen Pearson, director of Communications

540-438-4205, 540-908-8979

Eating locally is a common phrase in the agricultural heavy Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but for Virginia IMG_4056Mennonite Retirement Community, eating locally took on an entirely new meaning this summer.

The continuing care retirement community cultivated 1 ½ acres of land from its nearby farm for food production. The Farm at Willow Run owned and operated by VMRC began the growing season with an anticipated production yield goal of $24,000.

“Knowing where your food comes from is important, and the nutritional value of fresh produce grown nearby is excellent,” said Eric Phipps, executive chef at VMRC.

Growers used untreated and organic seeds and plants in plantiIMG_3903ng as much as possible, and with the farm just minutes from the retirement community, shipping and delivery were kept to a minimum.

Produce was integrated by Dining Services into soups, salad bars, side dishes, and desserts with excess sold at produce table.

“The feedback from the Heirloom tomato bisque and butternut squash pie was amazing,” said Phipps, who designed the menus to accommodate the garden produce.

Farm fresh produce also was utilized in assisted living activities of bean snapping and zucchini bread baking.

“The farm made good sense for VMRC as we identified ways to help people live a healthier lifestyle,” said Judith Trumbo, president and CEO.IMG_4043

Nearly 750 residents live at VMRC which also is home to Virginia’s only Green House community – Woodland Park.


Sharing a Favorite Salad During This Holiday Season Can Bring Unexpected Joy

By / Posted on December 10th, 2014

During the holidays we like to feature a recipe from an Elder in a Green House home.  This year we are featuring a Cranberry Jell-O salad that was a favorite of Millicent Stutzman who lives in the Showalter House at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, VA.  Her daughter, Marliese Poskitt, shares the story below concerning this special salad.  There is no recipe for this salad…so her daughter made the salad this Thanksgiving from the memory of watching and helping her mother over the years.

 

“Thanksgiving at our house always involved getting out the metal food grinder that attached to the end of our kitchen counter like a vise. Mom washed the cranberries, peeled the apples, and Dad put them through the old hand-cranked grinder. Along with chopped pecans and Jell-O, it made a delicious and colorful salad. The holiday doesn’t seem the same now without her Cranberry Jell-O salad. So, when we were invited to have Thanksgiving Dinner with her at the Showalter House, I washed the cranberries, peeled the apples, and chopped the nuts (with my electric food processor) and brought Mom’s salad to share. At dinner, Mom tasted it and her eyes lit up a little. She said “That’s me! That’s me!” and pointed to the salad. At 94, having dealt with memory loss issues for many years, she struggles to communicate with us. We don’t know for certain what was going on in her mind, but to my brother and me, she seemed to be saying, “Hey, that’s my recipe!” The salad, and her response, was her gift to us this Thanksgiving.”
And so we share the gift with you and perhaps you might enjoy making Cranberry Jell-O Salad for or with your family for Christmas.”


Woodland Park, Virginia’s First Green House Homes, Break Ground in Harrisonburg

By / Posted on January 30th, 2012

 

VMRC Groundbreaking

The imagery was especially powerful at the January 5 Groundbreaking at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) in Harrisonburg for the first three of 10 homes for Woodland Park.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony included various displays of resident-centered philosophy. Two residents of VMRC’s current long-term care community lifted soil with shovels which were decorated by residents. Residents baked cookies for the reception following the event. And residents assembled commemorative pouches of soil from the site with packets of wildflower seeds which were given to all attendees.

VMRC President and CEO Ronald Yoder summarized the significance of building Woodland Park:

“VMRC’s vision to pursue this project … is rooted in our desire and commitment to respond to the deep yearnings of elders, their children, nieces, nephews and siblings to offer a different choice for long-term care – one that enables elders to continue their normal patterns of daily living and one that responds to the desires and expectations of family members and caregivers.”

And before inviting persons to the site for the Groundbreaking, Ron added, “The small action with a shovel represents a shift from people viewing long-term care as an undesirable destination to a place to continue living and enjoying life as they wish.”

The theme of building a foundation was carried throughout the ceremony. Especially reinforced when attendees were asked to place small stones they had been given into the walls of a 4×4 model of a Woodland Park home. Residents, caregivers, spouses, employees, and donors participated in this part of the program.

Visit VMRC’s photo album on Facebook and at www.vmrcharrisonburg.

Blog Post Contributed by Maureen  Pearson, Director of Communications, VMRC


Woodland Park, Virginia's First Green House Homes, Break Ground in Harrisonburg

By / Posted on January 30th, 2012

 

VMRC Groundbreaking

The imagery was especially powerful at the January 5 Groundbreaking at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) in Harrisonburg for the first three of 10 homes for Woodland Park.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony included various displays of resident-centered philosophy. Two residents of VMRC’s current long-term care community lifted soil with shovels which were decorated by residents. Residents baked cookies for the reception following the event. And residents assembled commemorative pouches of soil from the site with packets of wildflower seeds which were given to all attendees.

VMRC President and CEO Ronald Yoder summarized the significance of building Woodland Park:

“VMRC’s vision to pursue this project … is rooted in our desire and commitment to respond to the deep yearnings of elders, their children, nieces, nephews and siblings to offer a different choice for long-term care – one that enables elders to continue their normal patterns of daily living and one that responds to the desires and expectations of family members and caregivers.”

And before inviting persons to the site for the Groundbreaking, Ron added, “The small action with a shovel represents a shift from people viewing long-term care as an undesirable destination to a place to continue living and enjoying life as they wish.”

The theme of building a foundation was carried throughout the ceremony. Especially reinforced when attendees were asked to place small stones they had been given into the walls of a 4×4 model of a Woodland Park home. Residents, caregivers, spouses, employees, and donors participated in this part of the program.

Visit VMRC’s photo album on Facebook and at www.vmrcharrisonburg.

Blog Post Contributed by Maureen  Pearson, Director of Communications, VMRC


Woodland Park Green House Homes at VMRC

By / Posted on July 21st, 2011

Harrisonburg, VA

Operating: 0
In Development: 10
Square Feet per Home: 6700

Description
VMRC is committed to being a leading resource in providing quality homes and services that people want and need to age well. The plans for VMRC’s Green House project include the total replacement of a 120-bed nursing facility to develop 10 Green House homes in two campaign phases. Six Green House homes are in development in Phase I; four homes will be developed in Phase II.

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