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Drake Farmers’ Market features local produce, free craft table for children

News PhotoThe next Drake Neighborhood Farmers’ Market will feature a free craft table for children, information about the Drake Head Start program, an update on hearing problems and solutions presented by Dr. Sandra Hobson and a Veggie Toss game for kids in which everyone wins a prize.

Shoppers are invited to browse the Iowa-grown produce, baked goods, snacks, meals, sandwiches and crafts provided by more than 20 vendors.

The market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 29 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.

Some vendors have wireless equipment that accepts bank debit cards, VISA, Discover and MasterCard credit cards, as well as Electronic Benefit Transfer cards.
Eight vendors welcome Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition checks and IFMNP/WIC checks/vouchers.

A health tent, where shoppers can have their blood pressure and blood sugar levels measured for free, is available every week.

Drake University has been a friend of the market since 1997, helping by posting signs at the corners of 31st and University and 25th and Carpenter. Last year, Drake’s School of Education gave away 375 books to children at the market, and members from Drake’s Department of Chemistry presented an interactive chemistry demonstration for children.

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 Web site at www.drakefarmersmarket.com.