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Club Sprouts

Green City Market encourages young people to try new, locally grown sustainable foods at Club Sprouts.  Each market, children are given the opportunity to taste a different market item- some familiar and some unusual. Each day a child tastes a sample, they receive a stamp on their Club Sprouts membership card. Once the card is filled with 8 tastes, the child takes home a certificate of accomplishment and a special prize.

Tastings, Forager Club, and other activities are available at the Sprouts Tent every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00am until noon.

Club Sprouts Weekly Posts

September 3, 2013

Kale Printing from August 14th

Club Sprouts members made beautiful pictures by printing one of our favorite leafy greens. We shared fun facts about the many health benefits of kale and compared techniques for making yummy kale chips.

May 25th, 2013

The Club Sprout’s tent was delighted to welcome back Ellie to the market this Saturday. Children of all ages were infected with the beat of his drum, and even the volunteers at the Sprout’s tent were “dancing to the rhythm of our lives!”

Over at the Sprout’s tent, we featured a tasting of carrots and lavender. The carrots were gobbled with gusto! However, we received mixed reviews from the brave children who tasted the fresh lavender. Spicy, grassy, and delicious were just a few of the words the children used to describe this unique herb!

Also at the tent, children were busy as bees making earth and animal-friendly pesticide. Children simply added a pinch of jalapeno peppers, garlic, red onion, earth friendly dish soap, and water into a squirt bottle and voilà– a natural pesticide! Children learned that this spicy pesticide is effective at keeping bugs away because bugs enjoy sweet and tasty snacks!

Thanks to everyone who visited the market this week and we look forward to seeing you soon!

May 14th, 2013

Opening Day at Green City Market is an exciting time for everyone. Farmers and vendors are happy to be starting a new season, market-goers are stoked to be back outdoors, puppy dogs get to (hopefully) score the last bite of your crêpe, and the children, much like the tulips that are bursting in full color out of the ground, are ready to soak up Spring in all of its glory!

We were so thrilled to see all of the children, parents, and caregivers out and about this Saturday, and even though it was a little chilly, it was wonderful to see so many little hands playing with naturally made watercolors and tasting asparagus!

Thanks for coming out and we'll see you this week for our theme, Herb is the Word, come learn about different herbs that add flavor to our food, make a bouquet garni (a bouquet of herbs) to use at home in your favorite recipes, and taste some new, fresh produce from the market!

May 11th, 2013

We are busy, busy, busy at Club Sprouts Headquarters!  Rain or shine, we'll be making adorable crafts, sharing creative earth-friendly recipes, and spreading joy! Here's what we've been up to:

Watercolors can be natural, bright, super-pigmented, and fun to make! Some of our ingredients are above, including Ball jars to store them in, and sponges we're cutting into different shapes so that the kids can make cute patterns! 

Here's Jordan, Juicemaster Junior, juicing spinach and kale together to make beautiful green "paint"! All you need to do in order to make the beautiful colours below is simply juice fresh produce!

From left to right: Red watercolour (made with red bell peppers and just a touch of beet juice), Green (made from spinach and kale), and orange (made from carrots)

As a part of our 4 R's theme (reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose), we're repurposing old crayons into SUPER SWIRL crayons! These can be made easily by:

  1. Setting your oven to 250
  2. Breaking up old crayons and sticking them in a muffin tin
  3. "Baking" them for 10 minutes
  4. Letting them cool, and popping them out of their containers

Danielle, making super swirl crayons.  

The finished product: A naturally-derived watercolor, sponge-painted cotton muslin drawstring bag!

If you bring your kids to the Green City Market Club Sprouts tent, they will be a proud designer/owner of their very own natural, food-safe bag that can be reused through the market season!!

May 4th, 2013

Hello, Green City Market-goers!

We are so thrilled to announce that this Saturday 4 May, Club Sprouts will return to the outdoor market, in our own tent, located on the south side of the park!

This weekend, we will be exploring the four Rs: Reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose, with activities and tours of the composting center to reinforce great habits throughout the season! 

**Please remember that any and all trash and recycling must be taken to the Composting Center this year, as we will not have those facilities at the Club Sprouts tent.

In addition to tasting delicious local produce, we will be welcoming Spring by decorating all-natural drawstring cotton muslin bags with watercolors made from fruit and vegetables! 

Please check this page regularly for recipes, upcoming events, fun activities and so much more!

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Location & hours

May through October
South End of Lincoln Park at the intersection of Clark and Lincoln.
Wednesdays and Saturdays

November through April
Peggy Notebaert Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Scheduled Saturdays, 8am–1pm
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Business office:
2732 North Clark Street
Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 880-1266

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