Sprouts at the Market is the Market's FREE nutrition, farm linkage, and mealtime programming for kids ages 3-8. It takes place the third Saturday of each month from May through October from 9:30 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 was originally developed with the help of Jennifer Hewitt, a local registered dietician and is now coordinated by Ginger Reeser, a local registered dietician.
Every child that visits all the stations receives a Certificate of Participation and occasionally, we have special prizes.
May 17: Farm to Table Presented by Strawberry Fields Learn how the food we eat is grown, harvested and trasnported to us!
June 21: Build-A-Snack Presented by Eastern Illinois Foodbank Let's make snack time fun and healthy using locally grown fruits and veggies.
July 19: Taste of the Market Presented by Chambanamoms.com Take your tastebuds on a tour of the fresh produce available at Market at the Square
August 16: Let's Make MyPlate Local Presented by C-UPHD WIC Learn about the USDA MyPlate and how you can fill your plate with local foods at breakfast, lunch and dinner!
September 20: What's in Season? Cucurbits! Presented by The Great Pumpkin Patch Find out what this crazy, fun word means as you follow it through the seasons & explore the life cycle of pumpkins, squash, and gourds.
October 18: What We Grow in Illinois Presented by Common Ground Food Co-op Did you know we grow more than just corn and soybeans in Illinois? We love our farmers and all the fresh, local produce they grow. Come learn about Illinois-grown fruits and veggies.
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: