Everyone is invited to attend a Special Farmers Market Thursday evening, at the Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market at Jack Kilby Square. Then, when the sun goes down, visitors are invited to attend “The Little Mermaid” Movie in the Park, which is part of Great Bend’s Summer Street Stroll Thursday night lineup. Visitors and vendors alike are encouraged to dress in tropical wear, and tropical music will help set the mood.
Very hot weather is expected so keeping hydrated is important, said Janel Rose, health educator at the Barton County Health Department. The splash pad at the Barton County Courthouse will be on.
The market gets started at 4 p.m. and will end at 8 p.m., an hour later than usual. Local growers and vendors will have a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, honey, fresh herbs, cut flowers, cinnamon rolls, breads and other baked goods, shaved ice drinks, as well as sewn quilts, wreaths, crochet, and other arts and crafts available. Customers will receive free market shopping bags.
The beach theme for the evening coincides with the movie, which will begin around 9 p.m. Kids 12 and under get free beach balls at the market while supplies last so that they can play in the park, Rose said
In keeping with the garden, and beach theme, there will be an opportunity to create sidewalk chalk art. Kids, teens, and adults can draw anything related to gardens and foods, so honey bees, flowers, fruits and vegetables, etc. are fair game.
“They just need to come with an idea, and I’ll give them some chalk and a section of sidewalk to do some art on,” Rose said.
Sunflower member night
In the past two weeks, members of Sunflower Healthcare has invited all of its members in the county to attend the special market. Those who do attend and bring their membership cards will receive $10 in vouchers to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. The vouchers will be in $1 increments so they can spend them with multiple vendors.
“It’s one way to provide access to healthy food for people of limited means,” Rose said. Sunflower is one of the three Medicaid providers in the state.