Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-373-2391
Have you been downtown lately? The historic Indianapolis City Market is undergoing it's final phases of renovation, and the Marion County Health Department (MCHD) Nutrition Services is gearing up to collaborate with the City Market to provide fun and exciting activities within the market venue.
In 1996, the Indianapolis Farmers' Market at the City Market rejuvenated its outside market to the public on Market Street. Since the summer of that year, the MCHD Nutrition Services has collaborated with the farmers' market to bring food-related activities and education to consumers about the health benefits of consuming Indiana-grown delicious fruits and garden-fresh vegetables. The City Market has strategies that coincide with nutrition services and health department strategies: that is to offer food related events such as cooking classes and collaborative food activities with area organizations, and to educate consumers about the benefits of fresh food products.
Beginning in May, the community nutritionists and nutrition technician will provide Farm-to-Plate education classes and market tours for school-aged children twice monthly. In addition, a cooking class series for adults, "Cooking at the Market", will be implemented once a month. The overriding goal is to bring the health benefits of eating wholesome, fresh foods to life for consumers of all ages in a fun, interactive way. Log onto www.indycm.com for more information about these activities. You can also contact the Marion County Health Department's Nutrition Services program at Call 221-7401.