St. Anthony Hospital’s efforts to revive the MidTown neighborhood is taking another step forward this summer with the introduction of the weekly MidTown Market at Saints.
The weekly farmers market is the very sort of event envisioned by the hospital when it added the east parking lot facing Walker Avenue a few years ago, said president Joe Hodges.
"We feel like its part of the revival of the neighborhood,” Hodges said. "It’s bringing people down who might not have had opportunity to visit before. And it’s easy access. It’s a good opportunity to get fresh vegetables and other goods for the weekend.”
Creation of the parking lot and new entryway plaza were part of an ongoing $200 million campus makeover that included clearance of dilapidated buildings and expansion of the hospital and adjoining physicians’ offices.
After visiting with MidTown developer Mickey Clagg and officials with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, hospital officials were referred to Matthew Burch, president of Urban Agrarian LLC.
Burch doesn’t operate a traditional farmers market — instead, the MidTown Market at Saints features a centralized check-out system that allows for use of credit and debit cards and even food stamps. The market also is designed to avoid the redundancy found at similar markets elsewhere.