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Drake Farmers' Market features the Iowa Energy basketball team, kids' activities

July 28, 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 30, will feature:
 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.

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.