Club Sprouts

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!

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Virtual Club Sprouts

Online resources to keep you and the kiddos busy on a rainy day. 

Celery Stamped FlowersUsing fruits and vegetables as stamps, kids can create a spring scene using paint and their imagination.

Cornstarch Chalk Paint: Using common household materials, kids will be able to express their creativity outside using sidewalk chalk paint. Plus, check out our video tutorial on YouTube

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 MatchingKids will identify the proper tool needed to measure an ingredient. Kids will be able to distinguish between dry and wet ingredients.

Produce Tops and BottomsKids 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.

Know your food, know your farmer
Locations & hours
May through October (Outdoors)
Lincoln Park
N. Clark St & N. Lincoln Ave
Saturdays, 7am–1pm
June through October (Outdoors)
West Loop, Mary Bartelme Park
115 S. Sangamon St
Saturdays, 8am–1pm
November through April (Indoors)
Peggy Notebaert Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Saturdays, 8am–1pm

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2613 W. Lawrence Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 880-1266

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