For Immediate Release
June 1, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE to discuss requirements, management transition for Capitol Midweek Farmers' Market

Due to the response today from the Topeka community regarding policies of the Wednesday downtown farmers’ market, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) plans to meet with its Capital City Wellness (CCW) partners to resume discussions about the vendor participation requirements. The conversation will also involve vendors who currently are, or are planning to be, part of this Wednesday market.

Managing the Capitol Midweek Farmers’ Market has highlighted challenges for a public entity overseeing a competitive market setting. KDHE will use this opportunity to work with its CCW partners to identify a private sector partner to transition into managing the operation of the farmers’ market. KDHE will continue to promote this and other CCW projects as a member of the coalition.

For the past several years, KDHE has facilitated the Capitol Midweek Farmers’ Market each Wednesday from mid-May to mid-Oct on the Capitol grounds. This market provides people in downtown Topeka with easy access to fresh, locally grown, high-quality produce and encourages physical activity by providing a walking destination for the 35,000 employees working in downtown Topeka.  

KDHE is an active participant in many activities sponsored by Capital City Wellness, a coalition of 35 downtown Topeka employers. The partnership was founded on a unified mission to increase physical activity and access to healthy foods for all members of the downtown Topeka community.

The Capitol Midweek Farmers’ Market is one of several CCW projects for which KDHE has taken the lead in event planning and managing. Another CCW event being planned by KDHE is the Health and Wellness Fair scheduled for June 15. Other CCW coalition members have been involved in planning and managing activities as well, such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas sponsoring the April 27 Walk at Lunch Day.

Because many adult Kansans spend one third of each day in the workplace, KDHE and CCW support downtown Topeka employers in their efforts to create work environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees during the workday.

For more information on Capital City Wellness, visit www.capitalcitywellness.org.

For more information about the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, visit www.kdheks.gov.