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
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.
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.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
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.