Kids’ Day at the Heights Community Farmers Market

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Fun and games, yes.  But also simple lessons on eating healthy.  That is the purpose of Kids’ Day next Thursday, August 21, at BronxWorks’ Heights Community Farmers Market, University Avenue and West 181st Street.  Activities start at 9 A.M. and continue into the afternoon.

“When parents have trouble getting their children to eat a balanced diet, typically it’s vegetables they want to leave behind,” commented Kimberley Wong, coordinator of health initiatives at BronxWorks who oversees operations at the farmers market.  “We want the youngsters to have a great time Thursday, while learning to appreciate the abundant produce on display.  The idea is to teach the children – and their parents -- about healthy eating in interactive workshops scheduled among the festivities.  Maybe then the youngsters will be more apt to clean their plates.”

The day starts at 9 A.M. when the Heights Community Farmers Market opens.  From then on, youngsters and their parents can pick and choose from these activities:

10-10:30 A.M.: a tour of the farmers market

10-2 P.M.:  Bronx Children’s Museum on wheels joins the festivities

11 to noon:  a lesson in bomba drumming for one and all, conducted by Dr. Drum of BombaYo, an organization to promote to youth the rich Afro-Puerto Rican tradition of bomba

11-1 P.M.:  Fruity Pop workshop conducted by With Youth in Mind.  As the goofy name suggests, the workshop makes nutrition fun by tying it in with an art lesson, from an organization that promotes art and food appreciation.

Noon-1 P.M.: Kids’ Nutrition Workshop conducted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension

11:30-1:30 P.M.:  Cooking demo by BronxWorks Community Chef Maria Garcia

Healthy eating is a continuing campaign at BronxWorks that was recently reinforced by a $10,000 grant awarded by New York State’s FreshConnect program to promote good nutrition from locally sourced fruits and vegetables made available at farmers markets, Ms. Wong pointed out.

“Our Heights Community Farmers Market plays a major role in making available fresh produce at budget-conscious prices in the South Bronx, an area that is underserved by food stores,” she said. “We have been very successful in attracting shoppers from a wide sweep of neighborhoods.”

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