From Labor Day until Memorial Day, bring your children to the Children's Garden for education activities with the Market Sprouts Mascots. The program that began in 2016 with 6 children now has over 70 each week. ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE OF CHARGE. During 2021, due to COVID, all activities will be make and take home. (use photo IMG_4511, LL and IMG_9368)
Stop by on Opening Day each year and help the Weeders and Seeders plant the Children's Garden. Then stop by each week to see the growth and harvest the vegetables for your dinner table FREE OF CHARGE. (use the photo of the kids planting)
What better way to celebrate the Harvest Market (the last Saturday market of the year) than painting pumpkins. The Weeders and Seeders along with donations from the vendors provide each child a FREE pumpkin to paint and take home. (use the photo of the kid painting the pumpkin.
In 2016, the board of directors realized that the need to educate the children attending the Market was important. At that time, Daisy Mae played by Katie Andrews was born. She started the program with reading to children in the garden a few weeks a year. By 2019, the program expanded to weekly activities from Memorial Day until Labor Day and an additional mascot, Lilly Lavender played by Addison Gray was added. Children participate in activities that include vegetable stamping, honey tasting, market scavenger hunts and more. Both mascots spend time in the community sharing their love of the Market with children when possible. The photo shows them riding in the Fort Ligonier Days float.
Same activities include:
Sample 3 different flavors of local honey and take home a bee hat.
Corn on the Cob
It's national corn on the cob day so what does that mean? Make a replica of corn on the cob.
What is a farmer's market without the equipment of a farmer. Make a tractor and thank a farmer.
Ice Cream Garden
Take home your own green bean seed in an ice cream cone to plant and watch it grow.
Use Q-tips to paint the leaves of the trees while learning why leaves change colors and fall off in the fall.
April Showers Bring May Flowers. Learn what this phrase means and color your own umbrella to take home.
Using different shapes of vegetables as paint brushes, decorate your own reusable shopping bag.