The Downtown Topeka Farmers Market is now open on Saturday’s through Nov. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, at 12th & Harrison, south of the Judicial Building.
The open-air market is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, arts & crafts, flower, home-baked goods and more. Visitors may also find whole wheat baked goods, fresh cut flowers, potted plants, local honey and much more. Service dogs are welcomed at the market.
Farmers Markets provide an opportunity for increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables and help to decrease the number of Kansans who do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.
The idea of the Farmer’s Market is as old as time. In times past, markets were the centers of towns and villages, the place people gathered to buy or barter goods and services, and to catch up on village news. Today, Farmer’s Markets are thriving throughout the US and other countries, providing quality, healthy produce fresh from the field, preserving local farms, revitalizing downtown areas and creating a social opportunity for city and country folks to come together.
According to the Centers for Disease Control 2013 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 41.4% of adults report consuming fruits less than once per day and 22.2% report consuming vegetables less than once per day. The United State Department of Agriculture recommends making at least half of every meal consist of fruits and vegetables.
Other farmers markets in the area will be opening in May.
Visit one of Topeka’s Farmers Markets often this year for a taste of one of Topeka’s most loved traditions, and your health will be the better for it.
–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice
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