JAMESTOWN – Collective Groove, the Steel Drum band from Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will headline the 7th Annual Farmers Market Community Day on Friday, Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the weekly Univera Healthcare Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market.
“We are very excited to have Collective Groove perform during the event,” said Tiffani Conti, DJDC Special Projects Manager. “This event has grown over the years and we have so much to offer next week we hope to see the entire community come out and enjoy this free farmer’s market event.”
This event is free to the community that will include an array of activities and informational booths promoting healthy eating, exercising, and community gardening. Community Day will be held rain or shine in Foundry Alley and West Third Street next to the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside the Renaissance Center.
West Third Street between Washington Street and Cherry Street will be closed from 8am through 4pm for this event, along with Foundry Alley. All vehicles should use Fourth Street or Second Street as an alternative route to reach their destinations.
Kicking off the event will be the Jamestown Pediatric’s 1K Kids Run on West Third Street from Washington Street to Prendergast Avenue. The run is open to all children entering grades kindergarten through fifth grade during the 2012-2013 school year. Registration forms are available online at www.discoverjamestown or by calling 664-2477, ext 224. The first 150 kids pre-registered will receive a race t-shirt. Registration starts at 10:15am. An adult may run or walk with those participants entering kindergarten and first grade. All streets will remain open except during each of the six races.
The Soil Conservation Service will have their agricultural display and milking cow for those interested in learning how to milk a cow. There will be a corn box with tractors and rocking horses for the kids to play on.
A free magic show provided by Mike Baron from 1-2pm. Mike has been performing magic for over 40 years. His show ranges from full stage shows with birds and bunnies to close-up magic. Table side magic is his specialty.
A variety of organizations will have informational tables on site. Games, prizes, and balloons will be provided by the Chautauqua County Health Department. The Chautauqua County Dairy Princess will be set-up providing Got Milk merchandise and in interactive activity. Chautauqua County Head Start will have information along with a “Make Your Own Bubbles” activity. GA Family Services Foster Care, Univera Healthcare, Kiwanis Club of Jamestown, Centi Astro Space, New Directions Youth and Family Services, CBA Vision Rehabilitation Services, Creating Healthy Places, and Chautauqua County Reality check will all be on-site with informational booths and activities too.
Returning to the Farmers Market Youth Day is the Masonic ID Safety Program, available for toddlers, teens, and seniors. The mission of the Child ID Program is to aid in the safe recovery of a lost or missing child or senior citizen. This popular and highly-requested program is free of charge and will be set up during the event.
The Jamestown Area YMCA will be providing “In It to Win It” games from 12pm-1pm.
The WIC Program will be offering FitWIC Activities in support of Healthy Lifestyle Promotion, an initiative of the WIC Program. These activities will include “Swat the Fly”, Parachute” Toss”, a Hop Scotch Board, a Bean Bag Toss, “Soc-N-Smiley Toss” and an Obstacle Course.
The WIC Program is a supplemental nutrition program that serves prenatal, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants, and children up to age 5 and offers an assortment of nutritious foods, enhanced breastfeeding support and assistance, participant-centered nutrition education and referrals to other services. Program materials will be on display throughout the day and staff will be available to answer questions about WIC and the services that are offered.
A petting zoo will be provided by Mike Morton of Clear Creek Carriages and JJ Jingles the clown will be face painting and making balloon animals.
DJDC will be assembling free goodie bags for the first 200 kids. Businesses and organizations are welcome to include trinkets of any kind in each goodie. Items are to be dropped off at the DJDC offices by 5pm on Friday, August 24th or contact DJDC at 664-2477, ext 226.
Healthy refreshments including homemade salsa using all local produce and locally-grown peaches from participating market farmers, go-gurt and bottled water will be available. Donations are appreciated.
Additional organizations and businesses interested in participating in the Farmers Market Community Day can provide a free activity or informational booth by signing up through DJDC. 4H groups are also invited to bring their groups, animals, and displays.
Children who attend the event are encouraged to pick up a Kids Eat Local Challenge participation form. This challenge is open to all local youth allowing them to participate in array of activities involving the use of local produce and the farmers market. The challenge encourages kids to learn about fresh foods and where they come from. Three prizes will be awarded including the first place winner receiving a one-year membership to the Jamestown YMCA, compliments of the Jamestown YMCA.
This week the market will feature live entertainment by Ryan Hawkins and Stephanie Benson from 12pm-1pm. Both performers are students in the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts programs.
Vendors accept WIC and senior farmers market coupons, cash, and check. EBT, credit, and debit cards are also accepted at the market information booth. Those living in one of Jamestown’s food deserts are encouraged to attend the market via CARTS and use their entry form for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the farmers market.
Market vendors include Abers Acres, Busti Cider Mill & Farm Market, Scott’s Farm and Greenhouse, Small Meadows Farm, Elegant Edibles, Big Pitt’s BBQ, Sr. Jorita’s Breads, and Uncle J’s Vanilla. Market seating is also available to enjoy the live entertainment and lunch.
Free parking is available along West Third Street and in the parking lot on the corner of West Second and Washington Streets. Enter the parking lot via Foundry Alley where the market operates.
Stop by the farmer’s market information booth and take a brief survey for a chance to win a $10 farmers market gift certificate. Drawings are held each month through October.
“This season has been such a success so far and there are still ten weeks left for people to enjoy locally grown produce and other products,” added Conti. “We have had so many upgrades this year and we are definitely seeing a return at the market. For those that have not visited the market yet this season, we highly encourage them to do so.”
DJDC would like to remind those living in the two food deserts in Jamestown to take advantage of the Food Desert Incentive Program by utilizing the free market bus rides through CARTS to and from the market along with entering the $25 farmers market gift certificate give-away. Contact DJDC for more details and an entry form.
For more information call DJDC at 664-2477 or visit www.discoverjamestown.com.