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Santa Monica Farmers Market

Youth Education

 

Farmers Market Field Trips

 

Take your class to the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market where students can have fun tasting and learning! Since 1997, the Santa Monica Farmers Market has collaborated with the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) to bring food literacy to its kids, teaching workshop topics such as:

  • Seasonality - learning to eat seasonally (samples included)
  • Variety - every food has a name
  • Growing Practices - organic, conventional, locally-grown
  • Consumer Choice
  • Santa Monica Farmers Market History

In one of the 30 minute classes, students will learn about some of these issues and will also get to sample easy, seasonal, and locally-sourced recipes that will get them excited to join their parents in the kitchen. Every student who participates will receive a non-expiring $1.00 coupon good at any of the four Santa Monica Farmers Markets, to encourage them to go with their parents to the market.

Logistics: Market Presentations are available every Wednesday, September - May, twice per day (at 10 am and at 10:30 am). Maximum class size is approximately 25 students, but if you have more than 25 students, we can arrange to split the class in half. The 1st group presentation will take place at 10 am and the 2nd half of the group at 10:30 am. 

Click here to sign up.

 

Kids raising hands

 

 

Farmers Market Scavenger Hunts

 

Youth groups are encouraged to visit and explore the farmers markets throughout the year. We've provided the scavenger hunts below to make your visit educational and adventurous.

 


 

Bring the Farmers Market to You

 

The Santa Monica Farmers Markets offer fun and educational activities. Bring the Farmers Market to your classroom or after school program with A Taste of the Farmers’ Market or a No-Cook-Cooking Class! Students will learn about Farmers’ Markets and the importance of locally grown food while smelling, touching, seeing, and tasting both the common and uncommon seasonal fruits and vegetables, from apriums to zucchini blossoms. 

 

No Cook Cooking Class

After school snacks don't have to be limited to soda and potato chips, and healthy food is more than alfalfa sprouts.  The Santa Monica Farmers Market offers No Cook Cooking classes where students learn to make delicious and nutritious snacks using fresh ingredients from the Farmers Markets without an oven or stove.  While learning about nutrition and locally grown produce, students prepare a simple tasty snack which can be made again on their own or with their family.



 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

We're always recruiting excited, energetic volunteers who love good food! If you're interested in teaching youth groups about farmers market food, see our Volunteer and Intern pages.

 

Kids with Laura     Kids at market

 

 

Last updated: 10/10/2017

Market Schedule


Open Rain or Shine
Year-round

 

Wednesday Downtown

Arizona Avenue
(between 4th & Ocean)
8:30am - 1:30pm

Saturday Downtown

Arizona Avenue
(between 4th and 2nd Streets)
8:00am - 1:00pm

Saturday Virginia Ave. Park

2200 Virginia Avenue
(Pico Blvd. @ Cloverfield Blvd.)
8:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday Main St.

2640 Main Street
(in Heritage Square)
8:30am-1:30pm

 Reminders

Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB)!

We Accept
CalFresh

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Market Match

No animals are allowed in Farmers Markets (CRFC 114371(d))

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