Junior chefs age seven to eleven cultivate their culinary skills and experience a cornucopia of farm-fresh foods by enrolling in cooking classes held at PFM’s Saturday market.
At these classes, kids learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers, and gain first-hand experience preparing ingredients purchased fresh at the market. Classes are taught by instructors and students of The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Portland and include a guided market tour, hands-on instruction and recipes to take home so students can share what they learn with family and friends.
Kids Cook classes are held at the PSU Market on Saturdays in June, July and August. The classes run from 8:30 – 10:00am and cost $5 per child per class.
2014 Class Schedule Coming Soon
Last year's classes included the following:
May 18, 2013 (FREE preview class) – Fresh asparagus ribbon salad
June 1, 2013 - Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Chef Jonathan Nagar
June 8, 2013 - Summer Berry Fool, Chef Cory Schreiber
June 15, 2013 - Folded Tortillas with Summer Vegetables and Goat Cheese, Chef Cory Schreiber
June 22, 2013 - Fresh Fruit Parfaits, Chef Samantha Walsh
June 29, 2013 - Savory Crepes
No class on July 6
July 13, 2013 - Kid's Sushi, Chef Eric Wynkoop
July 20, 2013 - Fruit Kabobs, Chef Nicole Fudge
July 27, 2013 - Sweet Stone Fruit Crepes, Chef Hannah Strong
August 3, 2013 - Lemon Berry Pancakes, Chef Fabi Donnelly
August 10, 2013 - Classic Tomato Bruschetta, Chef Tselani Richmond
August 17, 2013 - Very Berry Short Cakes, Chef Meredith Mortensen
August 24, 2013 - Fruit Tarts, Chef Mat Kline
Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as class size is limited. To register, please download the Kids Cook Registration form and return by mail, or for more information or to register for classes by phone or email please, email Anna Curtin or call her at 503.241.0032.
Market Play Zone
Join us at the Market Play Zone at the Buckman and King neighborhood markets.
Activities for kids of all ages are offered every week at Buckman Portland Farmers Market on Thursdays from 3 pm to 7 pm, and King Portland Farmers Market on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, from May through September.
The Market Play Zone offers little shoppers new things to do every week. The activity schedule includes mini music workshops, make your own Mr. Potato Head, food-themed art projects, drop-in cooking activities, fruit and veggie bingo, and recess-style games to get kids moving.
Market Scavenger Hunt
Looking for a fun and educational way for your kids to engage with the market and learn about the benefits of eating fresh, local food? Download one of our maket scavenger hunts below.
Market Scavenger Hunt, Ages 6-11
Market Scavenger Hunt, Ages 12+