Don’t miss Kids Day at the Oak Ridge Farmers Market in Jackson Square this week. This free event on Saturday, May 23, will feature live farm animals, crafts, games, music, and a chef at the Market offering samples of the season’s best produce.
Kids Day activities are from 9-11:30 a.m., while the market is open 8 a.m.–noon. The highlight of the morning is a kids FARM Market Scavenger Hunt. Children will hunt for live farm animals and other interesting items brought by the farmers from their homes. Among the items they’re bringing are small farm animals, beekeeping gear, a sheep fleece, an anvil, and more!
Entertaining songs for kids and kids-at-heart will be provided by Tom Beehan, banjo player and former mayor of Oak Ridge, and several of his musical friends.
Children will have a chance to learn about healthy eating with a “My Plate” craft activity led by Anne Brock, author of the popular blog FlourSackMama.com.
Robbie Van Nortwick of The Pampered Chef will offer a cooking demonstration and free samples of the season’s best local produce at the chef’s tent.
All the games and activities at Kids Day will be designed for children ages 5 to 12, although younger children are invited to participate as they can with their parents’ or guardians’ help.
“This will be a wonderful, fun event for families in Anderson County, and we hope it introduces them to the Oak Ridge Farmers’ Market and our healthy, locally grown food,” said Steve Colvin, president of East TN FARM.
The Oak Ridge Farmers Market is in Jackson Square at 281 Broadway Avenue.
East Tennessee FARM (Farmers Association for Retail Marketing), is a nonprofit organization that hosts the Oak Ridge Farmers’ Market each week, as well as two others in Knoxville: the Ebenezer Road Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m., and the Lakeshore Park Farmers’ Market in the Bearden area, Fridays, 3-6 p.m.
If your business or organization would like to sponsor musicians or other special events at any of the FARM Markets, please contact [email protected], or call (865) 483-9124.