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City celebrates opening of Downtown Farmers’ Market

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Active Living initiative and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invite residents to celebrate the opening of the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Thursday, May 31 at 11 a.m. The Downtown Farmers’ Market is located in Ilus Davis Park, at 11th and Oak streets.

Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Captain Jose Belardo will kick off the festivities with brief comments at 11 a.m. The public will have the opportunity to take a 15-minute wellness walk around Ilus Davis Park, participate in a cooking demonstration, receive gardening and health-related information, and of course, shop for fresh, locally-grown produce and products.

“The City is trying to lead by example to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to our employees and the surrounding downtown community,” said Mayor Pro Tem Circo. “Having access to fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as exercise, are keys to a healthy lifestyle. It improves your physical and mental health.”

In the event of rain, the Downtown Farmers’ Market kickoff event will be postponed until Thursday, June 7 at 11 a.m.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market will be open every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. until mid-October. Once a month, there will be special activities scheduled to encourage employees and local residents to get active at lunchtime. Zumba, yoga, cycling, hula hoop and perhaps even a jump rope contest are some of the activities under consideration.

“Our goal is to encourage everyone to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to their meals, and add physical activity into their daily routines,” said Deb Ridgway, the City’s bike and pedestrian coordinator. “Walking at lunch is one way to get started.”

For more information or media inquiries about the Downtown Farmers’ Market or its kickoff festivities, contact Gwen Dunlap, wellness coordinator, at 816-513-1386.


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