Patients’ family members and other visitors are welcome to eat in the Winneshiek Medical Center Café, located in the lower level of the medical center. The WMC Café adjoins an outdoor patio area and is near the edible landscape. Our menu, including local seasonal produce, provides selections for a variety of tastes.
Open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 1:15 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
Vending machines available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Winneshiek Medical Center offers a Room Service menu to allow patients more control over what they eat during their hospital stay. It allows patients to customize their order according to their choosing.
The Room Service menu includes a full breakfast selection available all day, a daily special, grill items, deli items, salads, entrées and desserts. It even offers a “Kids Corner” with kid-friendly cuisine such as grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly and chicken strips. Visitors can dine with patients for just $8 per tray.
Patients can select from the menu, which designates heart-healthy, carbohydrate counts, higher sodium and gluten free items. If a patient selects a food item that is not consistent with the diet ordered by his or her doctor, the nutrition staff will help the patient make a different selection.
Patients may place their meal orders between 7 am and 5:30 pm each day.
Patients, staff and visitors are treated to a variety of fresh organically-grown produce from the courtyard garden at Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC). The Edible Landscape Project began in the spring of 2009 as a joint project between WMC and master gardener David Cavagnaro and the Pepperfield Project. David and his team experimented with techniques such as crop rotation and unique production methods so that every summer since then, an abundance of organically grown produce has flourished on the WMC campus.
The edible landscape stretches beyond the traditional vegetable garden by combing beauty with functionality. Nearly two dozen vegetables and herbs decorate the space including tomatoes, butternut squash, purple basil and deep green kale. Flowering perennials can also be found throughout the garden.
David Cavagnaro and his crew with The Pepperfield Project planted, tended and harvested Winneshiek Medical Center’s first edible landscape in 2009. That first year the garden provided WMC’s Nutrition Services department with over 850 pounds of produce. The Winneshiek Medical Center nutrition services team processed, cooked and served the garden-fresh produce delighting patients, visitors and staff. The garden has expanded over the years and since 2017 has produced around 1 ton of produce each season, with the 2021 season providing a record 2450 lbs of produce.
Sustainability has always been a key component of the Edible Landscape. By working in partnership, the garden teams and WMC’s Nutrition Services have been able to minimize food waste through efficient production and donating any leftover produce to local food pantries.
David Cavagnaro retired at the end of the 2021 garden season. Fortunately the legacy of the Pepperfield Project will live on. Beginning in 2022, under the guidance of David Cavagnaro, the team at ReRooted Connections took over planting, tending and harvesting the variety of vegetables and perennials grown in the edible landscape.
The team at ReRooted Connections are on a mission is to be a community hub for learning, teaching, and innovation with a focus on environmental stewardship and ecological regeneration by cultivating spaces for individuals of all backgrounds and ages to have immersive experiences in permaculture practices and responsible uses of agriculture and technology.
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