Children invited to 'shop with a chef' at farmer's markets in Ogdensburg, Potsdam, Gouverneur, Canton
Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:18 am

This August, GardenShare invites parents of young children to “Shop with a Chef” at four farmers’ markets in St. Lawrence County.

Parents of children ages 2 to 10 will receive $10 worth of coupons that can be exchanged for fresh fruits and vegetables at the markets.

Leading the events will be Sarah Tulloch, GardenShare’s Community Projects Coordinator and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

The events will take place at the Gouverneur Farmers' Market on Aug. 12; at the Ogdensburg GreenMarket on Aug. 14; at the Potsdam Farmers' Market on Aug. 28; and at the Canton Farmers' Market on Aug. 31. Each begins at 10 a.m. at the GardenShare booth.

Chef Sarah will take participants on a walking tour of each market, discussing the various produce available and offering tips about shopping at a farmers’ market. After the tour, she will answer questions and give cooking tips about foods being sold that day by the market vendors.

Everyone is welcome to participate in these events, but parents of young children are especially encouraged to attend. Parents of children ages 2 to 10 will receive $10 in “Farmers' Market Greenbacks.” These coupons can be exchanged for fresh fruits and vegetables at any of the four markets. Parents will also receive a free packet of information about local food outlets, produce seasonality, nutrition, food storage, and cooking.

Chef Sarah is also writing a weekly “Shop with a Chef” blog at GardenShare's all-new website: GardenShare.org. This weekly blog will provide recipes and cooking hints to supplement the “Shop with a Chef” events.

Tulloch, who was raised in Canton, is passionate about combining her love of cooking and cuisine with local, sustainable products. “I believe that healthy, good food should be available to everyone,” she says. “With basic cooking skills, all can appreciate the joy of eating well.”

“Shop with a Chef” is sponsored by the St. Lawrence Health Initiative’s Eat Well Play Hard Community Project, a grant funded by the NYS Department of Health. Additional funding is provided by Susan Sweeney Smith, Andy and Harris Smith, and Logan and Mack Patnode of Cranberry Lake.

To learn more about GardenShare and its programs, visit www.GardenShare.org