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Farmers' Market features sweet corn festival, face painting

July 11, 2008
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CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu 

The Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market will continue its
12th season with educational and family-friendly events as well as
opportunities to help less-fortunate people around the world.

All month, eyeglasses and hearing aids will be collected for
worldwide distribution by the Lions Club of Iowa. Market attendees are
encouraged to recycle these items in the For Your Health tent.

The next market on Wednesday, July 23, will feature:

  • Sweet
    Corn Festival
    -- Each person will get
    a free, just-roasted ear of Iowa sweet corn.
  • Free
    Craft Table for Kids
  • For
    Your Health
    -- Spokespeople from The
    Child Abuse Prevention Council will be available to speak with
    market-goers. This agency's mission is to end child abuse in Polk County
    through education, training and support.
  • Free
    face painting

The market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday, rain or
shine, through Sept. 24. It is held in the parking lot of First Christian
Church, 25th Street and University Avenue. Free parking is available across the
street from the market.

More than 20 vendors will offer Iowa-grown produce, baked
goods, snacks, meals, sandwiches and crafts. Four vendors have wireless
equipment that accepts bank debit cards, Visa, Discover and MasterCard credit
cards and Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. IFMNP/WIC checks and Senior
Farmers' Market Nutrition checks are welcome at the market.

Entertainment, educational information and special guests
are provided weekly. The market also has a health tent, where free blood
pressure checks and blood sugar tests are available each week.

The market is a non-profit community event sponsored by
First Christian Church, the Drake Neighborhood Association and Drake
University. For more information, call Ginny Gieseke at 515-277-6951.

Activities scheduled for next week's market include:

July 30

  • Cooking
    Demos
    -- Chef Joe Godfroy will
    demonstrate easy and delicious dishes with the produce available at the
    market. Free samples and recipes will be available.
  • Meet
    the Iowa Energy
    -- Representatives of
    Iowa's professional basketball team will make an appearance. Market-goers
    will have the opportunity to visit with players, meet the mascot and pick
    up some great giveaways!
  • For
    Your Health
    -- Representatives from
    Primary Health Care will talk about the services they provide. The center
    is dedicated to serve the medically insured, uninsured and underinsured.
  • Kids'
    Veggie Toss Game
    -- Kids will be able
    to throw veggies at a garden target to win a prize.