Thursday, May 21, 2009

First Sprouts of 2009

This weekend marks our first Sprouts at the Market event for the 2009 season. Sprouts is "nutrition and farm stuff" for kids age 4-10, and is designed to get them interested in eating healthily AND locally.

Sprouts leader Jen Hewitt has cooked up a supercool workshop/scavenger hunt for this weekend's Sprouts, complete with tasting and smelling and feeling fresh produce grown right here in east central Illinois. Details:

- Workshops are FREE

- This week's sessions start promptly at 9, 9:30, 10, and 10:30 AM (please sign in at the City tent a few minutes prior to your selected session)

- Each participating child will receive a Certificate of Participation from the Market Director and Sprouts leader

- Each child completing all four Sprouts workshops in 2009 will receive a free Sprouts shirt at the season's close in November (other events will be held July 25, August 22, and October 24)

- If your kid can't make all the events, don't fret - t-shirts will be for sale all season long!

Behold what will soon become additional bike parking at Market at the Square! We'll be adding close to 40 additional spaces and they're located directly adjacent to the Market on the west side, along Walnut Street. The spaces, which will have a few decorative racks amongst the more utilitarian U-racks you're familiar with, are also located very close to where our ZipCars are parked.

This week - strawberries, asparagus, salad greens, fresh herbs, meat and cheeses, flowers, art, crafts... it's going to be a good weekend.

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