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Drake Farmers' Market celebrates Farmers' Market Day

July 29, 2009
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The Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market is one of 20 Iowa markets that will celebrate the 10th Annual Iowa Farmers' Market Week and National Farmers' Market Week Aug. 2-8.

The Drake market will celebrate on Wednesday, Aug. 5, by distributing $1 coupons to shoppers to use toward a purchase of locally grown, fresh produce. In addition, 150 shoppers will receive a free, reusable market tote.

"We are in the peak of the growing season," said Market Manager Ginny Gieseke. "We are excited about celebrating Farmers' Market Day, and invite everyone to come and enjoy the day and shop the market."

Recipe packets also will be available and a cooking demonstration will feature fresh produce available at the market.

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie recognized the Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market when he proclaimed Aug. 5 as Farmers' Market Day.

Cownie credited the market as an important part of Des Moines' economic and social vitality, creating a positive social experience and educating consumers about their food and where it comes from.

The Drake market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through the end of September. It is located in the parking lot of First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave.

The Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market is partnering with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to celebrate Iowa Farmers' Market Week and National Farmers' Market Week.

The celebration showcases the contributions and importance of farmers' markets in the fabric our communities, and local growers' bountiful production of fruits and vegetables available for sale at the market.

The Drake market was selected out of 219 Iowa markets to partner with IDALS in this project.

For more information about the Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market, call 515-277-6951.