The CKP Food Planning Task Force means we take a regional approach to conduct long-term planning activities related to food, nutrition, and agriculture.  We focus on a whole system approach to food from child to senior and growing to accessibility. Work includes collaboration, education, policy development, and sustainability.


Despite the abundant supply of food, access to healthy food is often limited.  Healthy options are limited to what types of food are grown, how they are marketed, what is available in concessions and vending, what children are served for school lunches, and what is on our dinner tables.  Barton County Food System Assessment


Farmers Market

Thursday Evenings

During the Growing Season

Great Bend Farmers Market is a downtown open-air evening market in Jack Kilby Square on the southeast side of the lawn at the Courthouse on Thursdays evenings during the growing season.  

Special events such as the City Band Concerts and Movies in the Park are held at the historic bandshell along with the market on Thursday evenings


Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, honey, art, and handmade crafts are the focus of the Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market and local vendors are encouraged to participate for the entire summer.  

Summer Street Stroll Policies

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Food Trucks

Thursday Evenings

During the Farmers Market

Every Third Thursday of the Month food trucks come and sell at our Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market. 



Farmers Market Vendor Information

New vendors welcome!  If you grow or make handmade items, we welcome your participation.  Our space is FREE, just complete the below application (in the resource section of this page) & submit it to Barton County Health Department. Training opportunities are available and vendors can join any time during the market season.

Monday May 6, 2019

Farmers Market Vendors Meeting

Noon at Great Bend Events Center

RSVP Required for Lunch 620-793-4111

Vendor Application & Rules

Food Safety at Farmers Markets

Successful Farmers Market Vending


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

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Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is a federal program that will provide $30 in checks for income-qualifying seniors age 60 and older to purchase locally grown fresh vegetables and herbs, fruits and honey at a local farmers market.  The KSFMNP is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Free checks for fruits, vegetables, and honey for Barton County seniors, 60 years and older, who meet income guidelines of $1,872 per month for one person.  Contact the Barton County Health Department for more details by calling (620) 793-1902.  


Breastfeeding Coalition

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This task force provides breastfeeding resource information and education to community members and healthcare providers; and Promotes breastfeeding policies and lactation areas at work sites for mothers returning to work.

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. (KBC) is comprised of individuals from a wide variety of organizations, agencies, and private businesses all working collaboratively to promote and protect breastfeeding in order to improve the health of Kansas families. The KBC welcomes and encourages participation from anyone who is interested in breastfeeding advocacy in Kansas.

In Kansas, 80% of mothers initiate breastfeeding. These mothers are more likely to patronize businesses where they feel comfortable. Breastfeeding moms need all the support they can get. By taking the “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” pledge businesses agree to provide a welcoming environment where breastfeeding mothers are able to sit anywhere and enjoy a welcoming attitude from staff, management, and other patrons while breastfeeding.

The goal of this campaign is to encourage more women to breastfeed their babies and for a longer duration by assisting our communities to become more friendly toward breastfeeding families.  Take the pledge!

Breastfeeding Resources (English)

Breastfeeding Resources (Spanish)

Central Kansas Partnership

1400 Main St., Great Bend, KS 67530