02 May 2019

Napa Farmers Market Launches Fiesta First Saturdays & Gears Up for ReThink Your Drink

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Napa, CA (May 2, 2019) — The community is invited to celebrate the kickoff of Fiesta First Saturdays (Fiesta del Primer Sábado) at the Napa Farmers Market beginning Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the South Napa Century Center, 195 Gasser Drive in Napa. The special celebration with a Latino flair will continue on the first Saturday of each month through December. Activities will include music, bilingual story time, and a bilingual cooking demo with Chef Sandy Sauter, who will be preparing a dish with Peruvian influences.
“Fiesta First Saturdays are¬¬ an opportunity to welcome our Spanish speaking neighbors as we¬ celebrate California’s rich cultural diversity and agricultural bounty,” said Napa Farmers Market Manager Cara Mae Wooledge. “We’re excited to host fun and engaging activities for market shoppers of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome! ¡Todos están bienvenidos!”

ReThink Your Drink
Napa Farmers Market also encourages residents of Napa County to join us at the annual Rethink Your Drink celebration hosted by the Healthy Bodies Coalition, taking place Tuesday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The campaign aims to educate Napa County residents on the sugar content of popular beverages and encourage everyone to “rethink their drink” by replacing sugary drinks, including soda, juice and sports drinks, with healthier, more affordable beverages, such as water.

The Tuesday market event will include tips on ways to drink and enjoy water and other fun children’s activities. A spa water recipe challenge will take place, where attendees can taste flavorful entries and vote for their favorite and participate in a fun passport activity where they can win prizes, including a Napa Farmers Market bag full of produce. Additional participating partners include CalFresh, Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, Child Start, City of Napa, Community Health Initiative Napa County, Community Resources for Children, Healthy Cooking with Kids, OLE Health, Parents CAN, St. Joseph’s Health, The School Garden Doctor and the Tobacco Coalition.

According to Let’s Get Healthy California, 29.4 percent of adolescents and 7.8 percent adults drink one or more sodas per day. For youth and adults alike, the continuous consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

“Evidence also shows that limiting the consumption of added or free sugars, like those found in soda, reduces the risk of chronic diseases, overweight, obesity and tooth decay,” says Erica Lee, Napa County SNAP-Ed Project Coordinator. “For the greatest health benefits, limit added sugars to no more than six teaspoons a day for women and nine teaspoons a day for men.”

The Napa Farmers Market looks forward to welcoming Napa County students for ReThink Your Drink event. School field trips to the market teach students where and how fruits and vegetables are grown, nutrition and cooking information and how produce donations are used by local organizations to help the community eat healthier. For more information on scheduling a school field trip, contact the Market Manager at napafmmanager@gmail.com

As always, Napa Farmers Market accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition Benefit program checks. CalFresh participants are invited to come to the Information Booth, swipe their EBT card and receive double benefits to purchase fresh food. For more information or to sign up for our newsletter, visit www.napafarmersmarket.org

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