Sprouts at the Market

Got a “Sprout” in your life? Then bring them to the farmers market! Brought to you by First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana, Sprouts at the Market is our 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.

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. Sprouts also functions as a self-guided tour through the Market, with tables scattered throughout where participants can stop and learn.

2017 Curriculum

May 20, 2017: From Seed to the Stem

Learn about a plant’s growing cycle, plant seeds to start your own garden, and sample parts of plants you may never have thought to eat!

June 17, 2017: Know your Farmers, Know your Food

Learn the benefits of local food versus food that has traveled a long distance and sample food grown right here in Illinois.

July 15, 2017: Sprouts Shop the Market

Kids will get to decorate a tote bag and get a $2 voucher to use that day to shop for their very own fruit/vegetable item at the farmers market.

August 19, 2017: Sprouts Explore the Senses

Learn about the five senses and take them on tour of the fresh produce available at the farmers market.

September 16, 2017: Great Sprouts Exploration?

What is round, red, and people think I’m a vegetable but I’m really a fruit? Explore the market to find all of the clues to help you solve various puzzles just like this one! Children will receive a prize for completing the Great Sprouts Exploration.

October 21, 2017: Sprouts Food Science Lab at the Market

There is a lot of science behind farming and our Sprouts are going to learn all about it as they take part in three experiments using food! This is one chance when we strongly encourage children to play with their food!

Sprouts at the Market was a program developed with the help of Jennifer Hewitt and former Market Director Lisa Bralts. The program curriculum is now developed by local registered dieticians Ginger Reeser and Alex Lundquist, in collaboration with current Market Director Natalie Kenny Marquez.

For more information please contact the Market Staff.