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Students can enjoy farmers market scavenger hunts

By Staff | Jun 14, 2015

DES MOINES (IDALS) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Monday encouraged Iowa students – kindergarten through 8th-grade in the past school year – to take part in a “Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt” at any of the 37 participating farmers markets across the state.

The Iowa Farm to School program, which is part of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, is sponsoring the initiative.

“We are fortunate to have wonderful farmers markets all across the state and I hope students will take advantage of this opportunity to get out and learn more about all the fresh, delicious products that are available and support their local market,” Northey said.

To participate, students simply need to complete the “Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt” form.

Forms may be picked up at any participating farmers market or can be printed from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov under the “Hot Topics” section.

When they have completed the form, they can submit it to the market manager at the main market booth for the farmers market.

Upon submitting the form, students will receive a free item from the market, such as a fruit, vegetable or honey, and will be entered into a drawing for additional prizes.

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