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Growing Minds is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

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Growing Minds @ Market

Growing Minds @ Market

9 am-12 pm
Asheville City Market
161 S. Charlotte St.

Activities will resume in June, 2014

When the school year comes to a close, ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program looks ahead to summer programming, specifically our Growing Minds @ Market farmers market activity series. The summer series, formerly known as Kids Corner Market, takes place Saturdays in June, July, and August, at Asheville City Market Downtown. In 2013 the series also extended to North Asheville Tailgate Market and West Asheville Tailgate Market thanks to support from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

Growing Minds @ Market (GM@M) is a space at a farmers market set aside for children and families so that children can engage in fun projects focused on local food and farms. In other words, it’s ASAP’s Growing Minds program at tailgates instead of schools. Activities include fresh local food tastings, local food and farm-based art crafts, and physical activities and games. Activities are offered in partnership with a variety of community organizations.

Growing Minds Sponsor The BiltmoreMany thanks to Biltmore, our sponsor of GM@M in 2013. Biltmore has been a generous support of Growing Minds and ASAP for many years, and Biltmore is always excited to work with families at tailgate markets. They participated in GM@M again this summer. Their chefs did a cooking demo, preparing grilled peanut butter and berry sandwiches and chilled watermelon soup.

The kids were hesitant to try the food at first, however, once their parents tried it they decided to give it a whirl and ended up enjoying it. Chef Patrick of Biltmore said, “I am so glad that everyone liked what we prepared. Personally I had a blast doing it and will hopefully get a chance to do it again in the future!”

Contact us  Growing Minds @ Market Manual Coverto get our GM@M manual, which is full of local food and farm based children’s activities perfect for the tailgate market setting and community events and settings of all kinds. The manual is free for tailgate markets in the Appalachian Grown Region and can be purchased by community organizations, individuals, and markets outside the Appalachian Grown region. In addition to helpful tips on launching a Growing Minds @ Market program, the manual includes local food based crafts, tasting and cooking activities, and scavenger hunts. Check out our herb tea and salsa activities to get an idea of manual content.

To get your copy of the Growing Minds at Market manual, contact us.