Editor’s note: Urbana’s Market at the Square is a sponsor of Chambanamoms.
The Champaign-Urbana Farmers Markets will be celebrating National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 7-13) together! To celebrate, each market will offer a “tic-tac-toe” card to participants to complete. A completed card submitted to the Champaign and/or Urbana farmers market will offer the participant a chance to win a gift basket worth over $300 in local goodies. In addition, each farmers market will offer various activities at their respective farmers market.
The Champaign Farmers Market (Aug. 9, 4-7 p.m.) will offer the following:
–Sampling tent: Stop by for a taste of fresh market produce, meat, breads and great recipe ideas.
–Glassblowing demonstration: Check out and purchase gorgeous creations by Mack Glass, and learn more about their classes.
–Where’s Eggwardo?: The hunt is on for your favorite Champaign eggplant mascot. Root out his hiding spots at the Champaign Farmers Market and win great prizes.
–Make your own market stalls: Join the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum for an imaginative activity where kids can make their own dream market stalls out of recycled materials.
Urbana’s Market at the Square (Aug. 13, 7 a.m.-noon) will offer the following:
–Art at the Market (8 a.m.-Noon): Join the Urbana Public Arts Program and Makerspace for a t-shirt-to-tote bag workshop. The activity is simple for people of all ages and can be completed in less than 10 minutes.
–Mayoral Proclamation (9 a.m.)
–Kale Eating Contest (9:15 a.m.): Probably the most nutritious competitive eating contest you’ll ever see. Watch competitors take on the leafy green and compete to win the title of Kale King or Queen and win a pretty cool trophy!
–Performance (9:30-11:30 a.m.): Los Guapos is a three-piece band from Champaign that combines rhythmic and melodic elements from Afro-Cuban, chichi, surf, jazz, salsa and dub music to create a laid-back sound.