Teaching Kids About Sustainable Food in Chicago
Green City Market encourages young people to try new, locally grown sustainable foods with Club Sprouts. At every market, children are given the opportunity to taste an in-season market item. Those who sample one of the tastes receives 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.
The Club Sprouts table also offers fun, seasonal activities and lessons, from produce inspired arts and crafts to scavenger hunts, to hands-on recipes, so children can learn the benefits of eating fresh, healthy ingredients and supporting local farms.
Tastings and activities are available at the Club Sprouts tent outdoors every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am - 12pm, select Thursdays from 4-8pm, and indoors on Saturdays from 8am-12pm. Ask any Green City Market volunteer about joining the program!
Details on Club Sprouts are sent out in our weekly e-newsletter — Subscribe now!
Virtual Club Sprouts
Online resources to keep you and the kiddos busy on a rainy day.
Celery Stamped Flowers: Using fruits and vegetables as stamps, kids can create a spring scene using paint and their imagination.
Five Basic Flavors: The purpose of this lesson is for kids to learn the five basic flavors utilizing pantry ingredients from your kitchen. Once kids learn how to distinguish each flavor, they will learn how each type of flavor is used in cooking in order to bring out the best taste in foods and drinks.
Rainbow Scavenger Hunt: Kids will learn to identify foods in a variety of colors and describe their characteristics, and nutrients, and health benefits.
Measurement Matching: Kids will identify the proper tool needed to measure an ingredient. Kids will be able to distinguish between dry and wet ingredients.
Produce Tops and Bottoms: Kids will learn to identify foods and describe their characteristics, recognize that plants have several parts from which we can get food, and be willing to try new foods.