Sprouts at the Market


Sprouts at the Market, brought to you by First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana, 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. 2016 days and includes the following programming:



  • May 21
    JLCU Kids in the Kitchen
    The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana and Sprouts will offer children the opportunity to promote healthy eating and nutrition and physical activity. The program will include sampling a healthy and locally-sourced snackk, creating a kid-friendly cookbook and more.  

  • June 18
    Farmers in Training
    Sprouts will focus on farms and farmers to help teach children where their food comes from. Children will learn the benefits of local food versus food that has traveled a distance. Samples of goat cheese and honey will be offered and children can create a farmer hat or market tote bag to take home.

  • July 16
    Sprouts Explore the Senses
    Sprouts will focus on trying new things and exploring and having fun with new foods. Sprouts will create a dip station in which children can create their own dip "base" to go alongside samples of fresh fruit and veggies. Engaging the children in the process will activate the senses of sight, smell and taste.

  • August 20
    Sprouts Lab at the Market
    Children will learn that foods aren't just great for eating! Sprouts will focus on other ways food can be used through activities like color-changing cabbage juice and natural plant dyes. Permission will be granted to play with food!

  • September 17
    Grown in Illinois, Enjoyed Around the World
    Sprouts will present the children with the chance to explore locally-grown food enjoyed around the world. Stations will showcase a unique vegetable or ingredient found at the Market. A passport will take children from station to station to learn, sample, and participate in an around-the-world experience.

  • October 15
    The "aMAIZEing" Evolution of Corn
    Sprouts participants will follow corn's journey from dirt to dinnner table through a hands-on platform. Children will learn about cornmeal, fresh corn, popcorn, corn chips, stalks of corn and ornamental corn.

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. 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. For more information please contact the Market Director at 217/384-2319 or nmkennymarquez@urbanaillinois.us.  

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Created on: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 17:20
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- Contributors: NatalieKSterlingB