For Immediate Release
KDHE Office of Communications
The Capitol Midweek Farmer’s Market was started in 2006 as a Healthy Kansas initiative through a partnership between the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and the Department of Commerce. The main goals of the Capitol Market were to improve the availability of fresh, local produce to downtown Topeka workers and to offer a pleasant walking destination.
Due to its success, the market will be held again this year starting May 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the south side of the Capitol at 10th Avenue and Jackson. It will run every Wednesday (except July 4) between May 30 and October 10.
While fresh fruits and vegetables are the primary focus at the market, flower bouquets, honey and freshly ground 100 percent whole-wheat baked goods can also be found. Coupons from the Department on Aging Senior’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program are accepted by most of the growers.
“Having freshly picked Kansas fruits and vegetables available downtown during the work day makes it easy for downtown workers to enjoy the health and environmental benefits of eating local,” said Roderick L. Bremby, KDHE Secretary. “Patrons end up leaving the market with the best produce money can buy, the knowledge of where it came from and who grew it and an energy boost from being physically active.”
KDHE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research shows:
The market is not just for state employees. All downtown workers as well as members of the general public are encouraged to shop at the market. Please contact Jennifer Church via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-296-8060 for information on how to become a vendor or for other market questions.