WOOSTER — The Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market of Wooster has had a very successful first year. Peas, beans, squash, watermelons, apples, carrots, muscadine grapes, crafts and even flowers successfully grown and made by farmers in the area were just some of the items brought to the first market of Wooster. Attendees and farmers both were pleased with the turn-outs for the first attempt at such an ambitious endeavor.
Oct. 26 is the last day called “End of the 2013 Market Season Celebration” and includes everything to make a special day for families to live healthy. There will be a Castle Bouncy House, educational demonstrations and presentations throughout the day including “You Kill it. We’ll Grill it.”-- a class on wild game preparation and cooking, a free lunch of flavorful fall chili with cheese and onions over corn tortilla chips. A dance contest, kid games and a monster piñata filled with treats will be a sure hit with the kids. Celebration cupcakes provide a sweet treat to end the day at 2 p.m.
With seed money from a grant made possible by The Roadrunner’s Extension Homemakers Club, special events were done all summer long to call attention to a healthy life-style. In an effort to make their community healthier through improved access to nutritious foods and increased physical activity, they demonstrated making crab apple jelly, served breakfasts every morning and encouraged walking the track on the grounds and family play.
This Saturday’s celebration will include educational presentations such as Integrated Sustainable Agriculture—an innovative method to provide local fresh food resources, Faulkner County Road Runner’s Extension Homemakers Club fruit preservation, and Market crab apple and muscadine jellies, jams and butter.
The Wooster Market Board will present the 2013 annual report highlighting the Market’s support from many organizations and individuals, including the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas, the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) and the University Of Arkansas Division Of Agricultural Extension Offices. The 2013 Market has been nurtured by members of the Faulkner County Road Runner’s Extension Homemakers Club, Citizens Advisory Group and the UCA Environmental Alliance.
Everyone is invited to a day dedicated to better community health. Market gates open at 7 a.m. for Vendor Registration. Vegetables, fruit and craft sales begin at 8 a.m. All activities and food are free. The playground and the paved walking track will be open until 2 p.m. Bring your families to celebrate a successful season of healthy living at the Market. Wooster City Park is at the corner of Shaw Bridge Rd and Parkway Drive--just 5 miles west of Greenbrier.