Kids! Eat Local Challenge

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JAMESTOWN – DJDC invites the local youth community to participate in the Farmers Market Kids! Eat Local Challenge. Kids! Eat Local Challenge is a fun contest that encourages kids to eat local. There are nine different tasks available and each entry must complete a minimum of four tasks to enter the drawing.

“This is a fun activity to encourage our local youth to learn more about fresh fruits and vegetables at our own local market,” Tiffani Conti, Special Projects Manager said. “The farmer’s market season is the perfect time to eat local and to learn about where food comes from and where you can purchase it.”

The challenge will run through the Univera Healthcare Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market season with a winner drawn on Friday, October 5th. Three prizes will be awarded – 1st place will receive a 1 year membership to the Jamestown YMCA, kids cookbook and gardening kit; 2nd place will receive a kids gardening kit and soccer ball; and 3rd place will receive a kids cookbook and kick ball. Entry forms available online at www.discoverjamestown or at the weekly farmers market.

Kids! Eat Local Challenge is sponsored by the DJDC and Jamestown YMCA.

“We want to thank the Jamestown YMCA for providing our first place prize, as exercising and being active is just as important as eating healthy,” added Conti. “The YMCA is a wonderful community supporter and we appreciate their partnership in this program.”

The market operates every Friday from 10am-3pm in Foundry Alley next to the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center.

Free entertainment will be provided by Chadakoin Crickets from 12pm-1pm.  Enjoy a healthy food sample, peach cobbler using local peaches, provided by Eat Smart New York.

The downtown market offers an array of fresh produce including onions, cucumbers, blueberries, cherries, carrots, peaches, beets, swiss chard, red and black raspberries, homemade baked goods, fresh-frozen meats, eggs, maple and Concord grape products, honey, cheese, fresh flowers and herbs and more.  Vendors accept WIC and senior farmers market coupons, cash, and check. EBT, credit, and debit cards are also accepted at the market information booth.

Food vendors include Elegant along with Big Pitt BBQ.  The market will welcome a new food vendor, Family of Notes Entertainment, next week.  Uncle J’s Vanilla sells vanilla spices and other cooking items in addition to natural home care products that are Natural Products Association Certified and natural personal care products.

Free parking is available along West Third Street and in the parking lot on the corner of West Second and Washington Streets.  Enter the parking lot via Foundry Alley where the market operates.

Chautauqua County Office for the Aging has announced its 2012 distribution of the Senior Farmers Market Coupons on Friday, July 20th starting at 8:30am at the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center.  Coupon books are worth $20 with five coupons worth $4 each in each booklet.  Coupons are accepted at the Univera Healthcare Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market.  Farmer’s market coupons must be picked up in person according to funding regulation.

The annual Farmer’s Market Community Day will be held on Friday, August 31st from 10am-3pm providing an array of free activities for local families and youth.  Some of the activities include the Jamestown Pediatric 1K Kids Run (registration forms available online), agriculture and milking cow display, Masonic Safety ID Program, petting zoo, magician, and JJ Jingles the Clown.

Local organizations interested in setting up a free activity, or an informational booth, are asked to contact DJDC at 664-2477.  Items are also being collected for children’s goodie bags.

“This is a great opportunity to set up a booth to advertise a specific organization or message targeted to local families and youth,” added Conti. “Those unable to actively participate are encouraged to provide literature or small promotional items to include in the event goodie bags.”

For more information call DJDC at 664-2477 or visit www.discoverjamestown.com.