Sprouts at the Market is the Market's FREE nutrition, farm linkage, and mealtime programming for kids ages 3-8. It takes place the first Saturday of each month from May through October from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Got a "Sprout" in your life? Bringing them to the Market's monthly Sprouts events can encourage them to try new foods, help them learn more about where food comes from and who grows it, and why fresh fruits and vegetables are so good for us!
Each month brings new fruits and vegetables to the Market, and Sprouts gives participating kids the opportunity to give these locally-grown foods a try. There's always a theme, and there's always something yummy to eat! Sprouts also functions as a self-guided tour through the Market, with tables scattered throughout where participants can stop and learn.
Our nutrition programming is developed and coordinated with the help of Jennifer Hewitt, a local registered dietician.
We continue to work with our farmers as well as community organizations such as the Family Resiliency Center, The Great Pumpkin Patch, and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to develop other parts of Sprouts Programming. To better teach kids where our food comes from, participating farmers wear Sprouts nametags - Sprouts (and their big people) are more than welcome to ask these farmers questions.
Every child that visits all the stations receives a Certificate of Participation and occasionally, we have special prizes. Art Mart Toys offers a 25% discount on their merchandise to kids presenting their Sprouts certificate on Sprouts Saturdays, too!
Dates and themes for the 2014 will be announced shortly! Be sure to check back again soon. It's going to be another great season!
Many, many thanks go to our growers, local businesses, and partners who supported Sprouts in 2013. Sprouts is a success because they help us out. So - many thanks to: