The pandemic has prevented live gatherings for the “Get Growing” kids’ program at Westport Farmers’ Market.
No problem! WFM has launched “Get Growing to Go!,” a craft kit of activities youngsters can do at home. The brainchild of Mae Farrell, it includes a free package parents and caregivers pick up at the Cross Highway farm.
Each week Mae announces the craft for the following week on Instagram and Facebook, and children and parents through the week’s activity — on their own schedule.
“’Get Growing’ is dear to my heart,” says WFM executive director Lori Cochran-Dougal.
“Mae has taken it to a whole new level, both in person and now virtually with the craft kits. Families are a big part of our market. We won’t let the pandemic prevent us from helping the next generation appreciate nature, farmers, and importance of a local food community.”
Parents can pre-order craft kits for pick up at WFM between Sunday and Tuesday by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The first pickup is Thursday, August 13, and each Thursday thereafter from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WARNING: Only 30 craft kits are available each week.
For an introduction and sample, click here (Facebook) or here (Instagram).
The Fairfield and Westchester Counties non-profit says: “Because of you, we delivered 11,014 meal bags in the month of May. That is 44,056 individual meals for children who otherwise would not have had enough to eat. We added students in New Canaan and Norwalk last month, and will add more in Greenwich this month. Thank you from all of us at Filling in the Blanks for making it possible for us to provide this basic nutrition when it is needed most.”
The 2020 Staples High School baseball team did not get a chance to defend their state championship this spring. COVID took care of that.
But the Wrecker baseball family gathered yesterday for a ceremony today honoring the 2019 state and FCIAC champions — and the team’s unanimous #1 ranking in Connecticut.
The turnout was great. The memories were wonderful. Now the plaques will serve as an inspiration for the 2021 squad — and all that follow.
And finally … hard to believe I haven’t used this “Monday” song before. But I haven’t.
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