Market Munchkins learn about animals, animal products
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Market munchkins and their families enjoyed leaning about the Troutman Farmer’s Market and about some of the animal products available there on Tuesday afternoon. The market sells several animal-related products, including meat, eggs, pork skins, and alpaca products.
J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library Branch Manager Rebecca Lopez began the program by reading “Anabelle Alpaca Plants a Garden.”
In the story, Anabelle and an alpaca friend, along with horse, chicken and cat friends, are bored with the same dull food they have been fed during the winter months. When spring arrives, they plant, tend, and later harvest a garden of all their favorite foods.
Kids learned about farm animals and what they eat while enjoying the characters’ hijinks and learning about cooperation and teamwork. The story also introduced children to the concept of starting a family garden.
After the story, the children gathered around to create an alpaca textured art piece, using foam board, cotton balls, and crayons. They then had the opportunity to visit the Cleo’s Alpacas table in the pavilion to see products made from alpaca fleece.
On September 26 at 4 p.m., the next Munchkins program will focus on baking, cooking and canning. Lopez will incorporate a book about baking, measuring and mixing ingredients together for a successfully baked creation. Kids will then make a no-bake food product of their own and hear about the process of creating food products for the market by some of the market vendors.
The October 24 program will explore jewelry and handmade crafts. Lopez will read a story about a specific craft and kids will create an artwork of their own. Market artisans will demonstrate their skills and answer questions about their products to spark kids’ interest in hand-made arts.
This family friendly program is sponsored by Town of Troutman and J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library. Contact Lopez at (704) 528-2682 for more information.