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Farmers' market to hold kids book party, free books

June 29, 2009
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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu


On Wednesday, July 8, the Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market will host a children's book party where each child will receive a free book.

In addition, Visiting Nurse Services will be at the market to provide information on their various services, including Care for Kids, Transportation Services and Maternal Child Health Outreach. 

The market will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 30 in the parking lot of First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave. Free parking is available for shoppers across from the market on the east side of 25th Street. 

More than 20 vendors will offer Iowa-grown produce, baked goods, snacks, meals, sandwiches and crafts. Four vendors will have wireless equipment to accept bank debit cards, VISA, Discover and MasterCard credit cards, as well as Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. 

IFMNP/WIC checks and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition checks are welcome at the market. 

Entertainment will be provided weekly, as well as educational and informative guests. The market has a health tent, where free blood pressure checks and blood sugar tests will be available every week. 

The market is a nonprofit, community project sponsored by First Christian Church, the Drake Neighborhood Association and Drake University. For more information, call Ginny Gieseke at 515-277-6951 or visit the market's Web site

Activities scheduled for upcoming market days include: 

July 15 
  • Free Root Beer Floats -- First Christian Church will host a free root beer float party

  • Kid's Veggie Toss Game -- Throw a veggie bean bag at the garden target and win a prize
  • For Your Health -- The Family Planning Council of Iowa will provide current health information about reproductive health care services
July 22
  • Cooking Demo -- Chef Joe Godfroy is back with more easy fresh produce dishes and free recipes

  • For Your Health -- Learn about services offered by the Iowa Family Violence Center
  • Free Craft Table for Kids -- Market friend Karla Rice will shows kids how to paint a sun-catcher
  • Free face painting
July 29
  • Sweet Corn Festival- Chomp on a free, just-roasted ear of Iowa sweet corn
  • Kid's Veggie Toss Game