FORT MADISON – Live Healthy Lee County will be at the Fort Madison Farmers Market for the final time this season from 5:30-6:00pm on Monday, Sept. 24 to pick-up any donated produce for their Produce Box Project. Anyone with donations is welcome to bring them to the market, and LHLC will take the donations to one of the participating sites.
“This has been the first year for the Produce Box Project, and it has been a tremendous success,” states Emily Biddenstadt, Lee County Health Department Outreach Coordinator. “We can’t thank the vendors at the farmers market enough for all the produce they have donated this season. The sites around the county have really enjoyed getting the fresh produce.”
Biddenstadt adds that there are even some who watch out for her. “We have a couple sites where they aren’t shy when we walk in. They have their bags ready, and are asking what we have to share with them.”
If you can’t make it to the market, and have a donation feel free to drop it off in the yellow produce boxes at one of the following locations Southview Apartments (Donnellson), Heritage Center (Keokuk), Hillview Village (Fort Madison), Mississippi Terrace (Keokuk), Newberry Center (Fort Madison), Park View Apartments (West Point), and River Terrace (Keokuk). Denmark Star Park also has a community table.
The boxes will be picked up October 5th for the season, however if growers still have extra produce to donate please still take it to one of the participating sites. The health department does plan to continue the program in Spring 2019.
For more information on the Produce Box Project contact Emily Biddenstadt, Lee County Health Department Outreach Coordinator, at (319)372-5225.