“Wow Maren, all this gardening talk has really given me a hankering for some locally grown foods!” Well my dear readers, now that she has walked you through the growing process, I will guide you on a how-to for eating local while simultaneously continuing to support us at Pass It Along.
If you haven’t heard or seen for yourself, the Sparta Farmer’s Market has popped up for their third year. Located at 65 Main St. by the Sparta Municipal Building, the SFM offers locally grown and made foods and products for your enjoyment. And this Saturday, June 13th is a great day to go.
“Why?” you may ask. Because your favorite youth volunteer and empowerment organization will be represented there from 9am-1pm. And we have a LOT going on. I mean, for starters, we’ll be at the Crepe Canopy. That alone should be the selling point, but let me tell you a bit more. First, you can pick up a crepe made by one of our regular volunteers, Lena Shugart, who will be using all the fresh, local ingredients that you’ve been craving. While you’re eating, why not have some fun and support us at Pass It Along? By making a small donation you can become a crafter of fine wares. We’ll have a pinecone painting project you can do, which will leave you walking away with a bright flower that will last forever. You can also create your own candleholder, perfect to brighten up your summer nights. Not feeling creative? You can become art yourself by getting your face painted. All of these activities are great for all ages.
But wait, there’s more! Two more local artists will be under the Crepe Canopy. Linda Finklestein will be there selling her home-painted shirts and caps for kids. Rose Gong Monsier will also be selling her funky fabric market bags. They make all of these goods, and each are unique. Proceeds from your purchase will also go towards Pass It Along!
So come on out for a nice Second Saturday in the sun. Get to know your local farmer’s market, foods, and crafts while all along support Pass It Along! Hope to see you there!
-Kailey Denzer-Weiler, AmeriCorps Program Associate