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The Coppell Farmers Market will be celebrating Food Day by focusing on youth and nutrition at the market on Oct. 19. This will be the second year the Coppell Farmers Market has joined in with many across the nation in a celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food by targeting nutrition at this year’s Food Day for Kids. With over four hundred kids that came out to the market last year, there will be even more activities for the kids this year.

To continue the theme of encouraging kids to learn to cook and eat whole foods, Victoria Hooker of Two Chefs’ salsa booth will have a booth set up for kids on “eating from the rainbow." With all the encouragement to eat real food, the Coppell Farmers Market is the place to buy it locally. There will also be kid-sized portions for sale at several of the farmer's and producer's booths throughout the market, face painting, and an online kid’s recipe booklet along with recipe cards at the market.    

Food Day aims to encourage awareness and action leading to a system of healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. By doing this event, the Coppell Farmers Market is working “with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals,” according to the Food Day website. For our area children, the Coppell market is particularly targeting the first and fifth of the Six Food Day Principles: to reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods, and promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids.

Former Surgeon General David Satcher said, “Food Day is an opportunity for us – families, schools, communities – to begin to habituate our children to healthy eating.” The Food Day website has more information on why this is important.

What will be fresh in October? Butternut and multi-colored acorn squash, hot and sweet peppers have joined the tomatoes, onions, sweet and red potatoes, eggplant, green beans, and the end of season melons. Apple varieties are widening. Pears and grapes are in more limited quantities. Children were glad to see the bright orange and specialty pumpkins. Elliott Grows has collard greens, oak leaf and red lettuces, tatsoi, arugula, mizuma. Hiram Farms has carmel apples and a wonderful baby greens salad mix. Available herbs from several farmers include Thai and Genovese basil, oregano, garlic chives, thyme, mint, and sage.

The Coppell Farmers Market is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon in Old Town Coppell at 793 S. Coppell Rd. Lone Star Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and bank ATM cards can be used to purchase wooden market tokens at the picnic tables and used like cash at the Coppell Farmers Market vendor booths. More information is available here.

Story courtesy of the City of Coppell

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