Successful Tomato Festival at the Market last Sunday!

9 Aug

heart-shaped Brandywine tomatoOver 160 people joined us on Sunday for a Tomato Festival featuring live music from David Burchfield and the Great Stop, contests choosing the biggest, ugliest, best-tasting, and most adorable (pictured) tomatoes, and FreshFest cooking demonstrations with samples of bruschetta, tomato and cucumber salad, salsa, and more.

In addition to the wide variety of tomatoes, vendors brought a bumper crop of watermelon and canteloupe, peppers, early apples, squash, and corn.  Local honey, beef, and eggs filled out shoppers’ grocery bags.  It’s a good time to go to the market!  Join us this coming Sunday from 12-3, and add yourself to our e-newsletter list to get a FREE market cookie!


Get Ready for the Tomato Festival!

27 Jul
grape tomatoes

Mmm… tomatoes!

Would you like to taste the biggest tomato at the market?  How about the ugliest?  Rosedale is celebrating our most popular market vegetable with a festival for all things tomato!  Join us for live music, taste-tests and tomato contests, cooking demonstrations, and more!  Growers– feel free to bring your own prize tomatoes to show off, and everyone else, bring your appetites.  We’ll see you there!

Blackberry Time!

21 Jun


Lots of sweet treats at the market this Sunday!  Sample the season’s first blackberries, try Heart Healthy Chocolates (above) in flavors like pineapple, peanut butter, apricot, and blueberry, or try out a tiny cupcake.  You can also find cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, fresh-baked breads, potatoes, onions, tamales, and more.  We’ll see you there!

Cucumbers and Chocolates at the Market this Sunday!

24 May


Visit the Market this Sunday to find carrots, garlic scapes, salad bowl planters, tamales, 9 kinds of salsa, a new chocolate flavor called “Hot Hearts,” and much, much more!

Happy new year!

9 Jan

Happy new year, Rosedale!  What are your goals for the coming year?


12 Apr

New newsletter,

New gardens,

New girls running program,

New community walking club,

New season at the farmers market…

I can’t believe it’s April!

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

17 Jan

We talk a lot about what it means to be healthy over here at HKI.  What it means to eat right, and exercise regularly and prevent chronic diseases caused by obesity.  But I think Martin Luther King Day is a good day to remember that there are many reasons that people in Rosedale (and many other urban communities) can’t easily feed their families healthy food or exercise safely outside.   And that is a good reminder of why we work on advocacy issues – we want to create a community where the healthy choice is the easy choice for everyone in the Rosedale community, regardless of race, economic status, education or age.

I’ll close with a few quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”


Happy Martin Luther King Day, Rosedale.  May we continue to work to make the community of Rosedale (and the world) better and healthier.

Eat Local for the Holidays

1 Dec

We’re so excited to have Beth Low, director of the Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, joining us at our Garden Team meeting next Tuesday night to talk about her work and the Eat Local for the Holidays campaign.  Check out the new flier Joshua made us for it!

Jane is especially excited about the “healthy holiday recipe exchange” at the end  – we encourage you to bring your favorite healthy recipe to share!  We’ll be cooking some of ours to have examples.

Sing along!

10 Aug

Learn the Healthy Kids Club song!

How is it August already?

4 Aug

Today our Community Health Project Interns present at the KUMC showcase, officially ending their internships.  I can’t believe that the summer is nearing a close!  We’re grateful for all the hard work our interns and summer staff did this summer, and we will miss their energy and perspective.

You can read more about their summer projects in the new HKI Newsletter – Summer 2010.  I will post photos of each of the interns with their projects soon, so stay tuned!