Ready to Ride

As a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community, Hutchinson offers several bike events to participate in.  Get out and explore.  #muchinhutch #bikehutch [Read more…]

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Farmers Market Season

Saying hello to summer in Hutchinson means saying hello to FRESH!  If you haven’t been to the Hutchinson Farmers Market, you haven’t seen the best Hutchinson has to offer. 

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Hello Summer!

In about a month there will be approximately 3,400 students out of school for the summer. It will be a summer that is longer than usual due to the Hutchinson High School remodeling project. This year, students will have 111 days of summer. Thank goodness the old saying, “there is much in Hutch,” is true. Here are a few ideas to keep our kids and the adults entertained over the beautiful summer days we have.  [Read more…]

Power of Produce (PoP) Club

Heart of Hutch is partnering with the Hutchinson Farmers Market, Hutchinson Downtown Association, Hutchinson Health, and University of MN Extension to bring kids the Power of Produce Club (PoP Club)  back for it’s second year!

Each child participating in the program will receive a reusable shopping bag upon signing up and $2 market tokens to be spent (by kids) on fresh produce. Kids will receive their tokens once per market. They can choose to spend it on their own $2 selection of fresh, locally grown produce, or save their token for a future market.

The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. The program offers a chance for children to explore the farmers market and learn about the different varieties of fruits and vegetables, while also learning about how food is grown, by connecting them with local farmers.

Beginning May 20th and running through the end of the market season children age 3 through 12 are welcome to visit the farmers market and join the PoP Club. Registration and check-in will be located at the designated PoP Club desk at the market. Online preregistration now available here.

We hope to see you at the market!

Market hours are 2:30pm-5:30pm Wednesdays and 8am-12pm on Saturdays

Contact Jeff Page by email at jpage@ci.hutchinson.mn.us, phone at (320) 234-5652  or   info@heartofhutch.com for more information.

 

About PoP Club:  This program was created at the Oregon City, Oregon, farmers market in 2011. Due to its success, it has spread to farmers markets all over the nation. The PoP Club has been in Minnesota since 2014 and is growing to markets around the state.

2017 PoP Club is funded in large part by the Hutchinson Area Community Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Hutchinson Health, Hutchinson Health Foundation, and McLeod Cooperative Power.

 

 

Spring Forward

We’re ready for Spring!  As the weather warms up, we’re ready to lace up and get outside.  Check out 2017’s list of activities and consider trying something new this year.  #MuchinHutch

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5 Winter Survival Tips for Beating Cabin Fever

Yes, it’s still winter.

Call it cabin fever, winter doldrums or winter blues, it is significantly different from the more serious seasonal affective disorder or SAD but still affects our emotional well-being. Dr. Mark Frye from the Mayo Clinic’s Psychology and Psychiatry Department reminds us that a healthy lifestyle strategy is especially helpful during these winter months. Here are a few simple steps from Frye that we can all do.

1. Get plenty of exercise. Depending on the weather, that may mean finding an indoor spot to walk such as the Hutch Mall or the Hutchinson Recreation Center gym. Check out the wealth of opportunities to exercise listed in the Leader’s Fitness Connection, too.

2. Get outside especially when sunny. Try out snowshoeing by renting a pair of snowshoes from Hutchinson Parks and Rec for $5 for a couple of hours. If it’s one of our colder days, that may mean just a quick walk around the block.

3. Take breaks during the day. Frye suggests looking for a spot near a window. Now might be the time for that quick walk outside.

4. Open window shades. OK, that seems really obvious as a way to fight cabin fever but it’s easy to overlook when you’re having a down day.

5. Keep social in Hutchinson. During any given week, there are a variety of activities to enjoy. Check out the calendars of events put out by the Heart of Hutch website, Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the Hutchinson Leader, KDUZ Radio and HCVN television station. Call that friend or relative you’ve been meaning to connect with. They may be experiencing the blahs as well and you may be just the bright spot they needed in their day.

Contributed by Mary Henke, Connect Committee Volunteer

 

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