ALPENA - Parents who find difficulty having their children eat their vegetables may consider bringing them to the Alpena Farmers Market in downtown Alpena Saturday.
The Alpena Farmers Market, with help from the Alpena Future Farmers of America students, will host a special kid's day celebration on Saturday with a long list of things for the family to do, including a special event where children are encouraged to try different vegetables, which they also will learn facts about. The kids who are brave enough to taste the produce will also have a chance to be rewarded for their effort. Farmers market President J.B. Cook said the entire event is geared toward children and helping them lean about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, as well as other agriculture operations.
"We want to be able to get the children to taste the vegetables, to get them to try different foods, and to promote healthy eating," Cook said. "If they try a veggie, they will get a special badge and will receive a stamp for each they try. Their names will also go into a raffle where they could win prizes."
Cook said this is the seventh year the kids day has been held, and it is popular for the agriculture community and those who live in town. He said besides the children sampling the produce, there will be a lot of other things for all to do.
"The FFA is going to be offering hay rides, a bounce house, a petting zoo, a cider-making demonstration, and also face and pumpkin painting," Cook said. "We are also going to have entertainment, as there will be a magician and a children's band called Zippity-2-Dads, which will play all kid's songs. The event has been very successful and we do it to get the kids involved with the market and agriculture."
The farmer's market is located on Park Place in the parking lot behind city hall, and because of the size of Saturday's free event, the road will be closed. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will wrap up about 2 p.m. Cook said the usual vendors will also have their stands open for business for those who want to purchase fresh produce.
"The market itself will be operating from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along with kid's day," Cook said. "The vendors will be selling a large variety of produce, as well as pumpkins and corn stalks, which people can use for fall and Halloween decorations. This really is a big event, and everyone should have a good time."
Steve Schulwitz can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 358-5689.
What: Alpena Farmers Market Kid's Day
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Behind Alpena City Hall