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.
Club Sprouts Activity Kits
Since March, keeping our community's children safe has meant that that our at-market kids' programming, better known as Club Sprouts, has been on hold. So, we're bringing it to you — literally. You can now order a Club Sprouts activity kit right on WhatsGood! You'll find Club Sprouts activity kits by going to the vendors tab in your selected GCM Delivered or Pick-up market and going to "view products" from Green City Market.
Kits incorporate seasonal recipes and engaging arts and crafts. The box include our farmers' fresh produce, craft supplies, and activity sheets so you and your kiddo can participate in GCM's Club Sprouts programming with all the tools and ingredients you need right at home.
Each month, a new activity kit will be released. Details each month's Club Sprouts kit are sent out in our weekly e-newsletter — subscribe now to stay in the loop!
Virtual Club Sprouts
Online resources to keep you and the kiddos busy on a rainy day.
Apple boats: Practice knife skills and safety to craft mini boats out of apples. The ultimate test: see if they float! Then, use the apple pieces to make a simple apple and cranberry crisp.
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.