MOUNT VERNON — A celebration of apples will be the theme of the Mount Vernon Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on Public Square. Numerous attractions around an apples theme will take place in conjunction with the Ohio State University Extension and through the efforts of Kenyon College student Emma Strickler.
Through the direction of Paul Higgins, affiliated scholar for sociology and the Rural Life Center at Kenyon College, Strickler took on a summer internship of managing the community garden at Kenyon College. Strickler wanted to keep the momentum going after this past summer, organizing activities focusing on local foods at this week’s Farmers Market.
“We want to educate people on apples and local foods and try to get younger kids involved. That’s why we involved Wiggin Street Elementary,” said Sabrina Schirtzinger, Agriculture/Natural Resource Extension Educator with the Ohio State University Extension. Strickler took on a community outreach project with third-graders at Wiggin Street Elementary School which promotes apples and local foods.
Live music, Johnny Appleseed storytelling and apple trivia will be among Saturday morning’s activities. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste different varieties of apples and write down what they think the apples taste like. Results will go back to the third-grade classes at Wiggin Street where they will be displayed.
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