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Drake farmers' market to educate market goers on health services

August 14, 2008
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Shoppers at this week's Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market can talk to representatives from Polk County Health Department about free or low cost services.

The August 20 market will feature:
  • For Your Health -- Polk County Health Department representatives will talk about the variety of confidential services available at low or no cost. PCH is dedicated to helping families face the challenges of being and staying healthy. Services include immunizations, diabetes help, flu shots and respite from extreme summer heat.
  • 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 the August 27 market include: 
  • Mortgage Help -- Representatives from the Neighborhood Finance Corp. will visit with market goers about programs that help homeowners with home repairs, down payments and closing costs.
  • Veggie Toss Game -- Kids will be able to throw veggies at a garden target to win a prize.
  • For Your Health -- Visiting Nurse Services will present child car safety seat inspections and instructions.