Find fresh produce and new ideas at the Natchitoches Farmers Market – Kid’s Club

The Natchitoches Farmers Market is part of Ready, Set, Go: the City’s initiative to improve the health and wellness of residents through a three part plan. The market will SET up shop Saturdays from 8 am – 12 pm from April 27 – July 27. It will be located on the downtown riverbank from.

The Farmers Market offers $5 in free Kids Club Tokens each Saturday for the first 50 children ages 2-13. These tokens can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables! The market also accepts cash, credit, debit and SNAP.

“This market season is filled with adventure and healthy opportunities,” said Valerie Balthazar, Farmers Market Coordinator.

SCHEDULE:

April 27: “Metamorphosis at the Market”

Kids make healthy butterfly themed snacks
Kids plant milkweed seeds for growing plants that will attract butterflies
The Master Gardeners will be there
**4-H Day

May 4: “Walk to Remember”

Homemade butter and corn grinding
Kids make watermelon pops
**4-H Day

May 11: A “Berry” Special Mother’s Day

Kids make strawberry flowers and mugs for Mom for Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day celebration and picture booth
Book Mobile
**4-H Day

May 18: “Get Physical at the Farmers Market”

· Herb Growing Demo by the Natchitoches Parish Master Gardeners

Kids make smoothies on Spin Bike

May 25: “Buzz Over for Breakfast Pancakes”

Pancake breakfast
Kids make fruit sandwiches
Bee demo by Natchitoches Bee Keepers Club
Book Mobile
**4-H Day

June 1: “Celebrate Rural Farmers Month”

Raw vegetable salad tasting
Kids participate in a Scavenger Hunt
First Responders and mascots will be present
Master Gardeners will be there
**4-H Day

June 8: “3rd Annual Corn Eating on the Cane”

Hot Corn Dip tasting
Kids make squirrel feeders
Kids participate in Corn Hole Games

June 15: “2nd Annual Battle of the Badges”

Cook-Off featuring the Natchitoches Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office and Police Department
Kids make presents for Dad
Dunking Booth
Book Mobile
**4-H Day

June 22: “Mini Makers at the Market”

Grilled Okra tasting
Mini Makers battling for the trophy
**4-H Day

June 29: “Red, White and Blueberries”

Fruit Kabobs tasting
Kids make patriotic hands on a canvas
Book Mobile

July 6: “Super Squash to the Rescue”

Farmers Market Mascot (Super Squash) in attendance
Grilled squash tasting
Kids make squash ducks
Master Gardeners will be there

July 13: “Amazing Veggie Race”

Zucchini noodles with pesto tasting
Kids participate in the Veggie Race
Book-Mobile

July 20: “Who Let the Dogs Out”

Fruit tasting
Kids will bring donations for the Humane Society
**4-H

July 27: “Splash into Summer”

Fruit Salad tasting
Kids will participate in squirt painting
Book Mobile

*Prop up your boots with old coots” every Saturday at the Old Coots & Good Advice tent! To participate contact Valerie Balthazar at 318-663-5190.

**4-H Days feature Natchitoches Parish 4-Hers who will man the Community Garden table, which features locally grown produce. A percentage of what these students sell will go back to their 4-H clubs for future programming.

For more information call (318) 663-5190

This project is funded through a Healthy Behaviors Program Grant from The Rapides Foundation. The Healthy Behaviors Program Grant funds projects which have a focus on healthy eating, active living, or prevention of tobacco use, substance or alcohol abuse. To learn more about grant funding from The Rapides Foundation, visit www.rapidesfoundation.org, and click on “Grants.”


One thought on “Find fresh produce and new ideas at the Natchitoches Farmers Market – Kid’s Club

  1. The article first states that the 1st 200 kids will receive tokens at the farmers market, then immediately is followed by the first 50 kids. It also mentions the mobile market in the header then goes on to give no information at all about the mobile markets location or hours of operation! Articles need to have the information put forth and need to be proof read.

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