A Fresh Idea Each Week at the Monday Farmers Market

At the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, you can pick up a cookbook with great recipes and the ingredients to make supper. On Mondays starting May 13, customers can shop for food and plants from Kansas farmers in the library’s east parking lot nest to 10th and Washburn.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFrom 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, May 13 through Oct. 7 you can shop for fresh vegetables, herbs, flowers, bedding plants, eggs, live chickens, and other seasonal produce, and ask questions of the vendors.

The market is an all-ages experience. Kids enjoy a free craft each week, and grownups will enjoy a health or cooking programs the second Monday of the month.

You will also meet librarians who will help you discover the rewards using your library provides, whether it’s a new recipe from more than 750 cookbooks or gardening books on what grows best in Kansas’ soil. Free recipes will available at the library’s information booth at the market.

This year marks the fifth annual Monday Farmers Market @your library®. More vendors are welcome and can secure a spot by calling 785-580-4495.

The Monday Market is a Capital City Wellness initiative, a state program that aims to promote healthy eating and exercise, especially among Downtown Topeka employees. Customers are encouraged to walk to the market, if possible.

Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.

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