The Market Sprouts Kids Club mission is to inspire children to take part in our local Rogue Valley food system, enjoy eating nutritious foods, and to empower them to make healthy choices. We hope to provide an opportunity for kids to engage with local farmers and get to know where their food comes from in order to improve health outcomes and inspire a new generation of informed and healthy eaters.
The Market Sprouts Kids Club (MSKC) is free educational programming and activities for children ages 5-12 delivered at farmers markets throughout the state of Oregon. The inspiration for MSKC came from Jackie Hammond-Williams, who started the nationally recognized Power of Produce (POP) Club at the Oregon City Farmers Market in 2011. MSKC began in 2012 at five farmers markets across Washington County, and now will be continuing at the Medford Saturday Market thanks to the generous sharing of resources from the Forest Grove Farmers Market. Through the development of kid-friendly curriculum and the dedication of resources and space to MSKC, farmers market staff and volunteers strive to:
May 13th - Seed Identification and Planting
May 27th - Art in the Market
June 10th - Salad Building 101
June 24th - How Does My Food Grow?
July 8th - Bread, White, and Blue
July 22nd – Mr. & Mrs. Potato head
August 5th - Let’s Pickle!
August 19th - Salsa Fiesta!
Sept 2nd - What part of the Plant am I eating?
Sept 16th - Apples- Fresh Pressed is Best
Sept 30th - Veggie Stamps
Oct 14th - Market Scavenger Hunt
Oct 28th - Pumpkin Painting
Note: On the non-activity days, participants will still receive a stamp on their passport and $1.00 market token.
Volunteers and Sponsorship
This program will rely heavily on market volunteers and community partnerships in order for its success. We aim to have at least two people working the Market Sprouts booth each time the activities booth is present. Between handling the passports, doing the activity with kids, and simultaneously explaining and recruiting new participants it can be overwhelming if only one volunteer is present.
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