Kids Classes & Activities

All kids programming is on hold until further notice. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.

Youth programs and other events will resume when gathering bans are lifted and we are confident it’s safe for people to gather in large groups again. We look forward to seeing you then. Meanwhile, stay safe and enjoy the bounty of the season in your kitchen!

Here’s what happened last year:

Kids Cook at the Market

Kids Cook at the Market is a summertime program that gives junior chefs ages 7 to 12 the opportunity to learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers, and prepare ingredients purchased fresh from the market.

Location: Lents International Farmers Market
Day & Time: Sundays 10 to 11 am
Tickets: We have a grant supporting the Lents International Farmers Market that allows us to provide these classes to the community for free, though registration is required.

2019 Class Schedule Recap so you can get a taste of what we offer:

  • Sunday, July 7: Quick Strawberry Jam on Pancakes
  • Sunday, July 14: Smiley Face Veggie Omelettes
  • Sunday, July 21: Vegetable Fritters
  • Sunday, July 28: Hand Pressed Tortillas = Veggie Tacos!
  • Sunday, August 4: Summer Salad
  • Sunday, August 11: Caterpillar Kabobs
  • Sunday, August 18: Fruit and Tomato Salsas
  • Sunday, August 25: Gazpacho

-All classes will have a gluten free and dairy free option.
-Classes last approximately 60 minutes.
-Please note that this is the same program that was previously offered at the PSU Market.

Food Scouts

Location: Lents International Farmers Market, Sundays

Food Scouts is an innovative partnership between Zenger Farm and Portland Farmers Market that empowers the next generation of eaters by giving children aged 3-12 years old $2 in market tokens to spend on fresh produce each week. Scouts also participate in weekly interactive activities centered on good food and nutrition, and learn more about their role in shaping their local food system.

Slow Food Market Scouts

Location: Lents International Farmers Market, Sundays

The Market Scouts program at the Lents International Farmers Market will start in July, instead of June when the market first opens, to allow the market and community to adjust to the social distancing measures happening at the Portland Farmers Markets this season. Slow Food Portland has committed to fund the Market Scouts tokens for this impactful youth education program.

Learn more about Market Scouts and how you can support it here.

Kenton Kids Cooking Club

Location: Kenton Farmers Market, Wednesdays

OSU Extension Service will provide free, hands-on cooking activities for youth of all ages every Wednesday, June through August. They’ll use Food Hero recipes to highlight produce available at the market. Free to participate, drop by anytime between 3:30-7 p.m. 

Kids Demo Booth at King Farmers Market

Location: King Farmers Market, every 3rd Sunday

Join us every 3rd Sunday of the month from 10-11 a.m. for our Kids Demo Booth at King Farmers Market! We’ll be inviting our youngest market-goers to help us explore and taste fresh market ingredients in this hands-on activity. The demo is free and kids can stay for as little or as long as they’d like.

Great Pumpkin Events

Sunday, October 25 at King Farmers Market

Saturday, October 31 at  PSU Farmers Market

Portland Farmers Market invites families with kids of all ages to participate in the annual Great Pumpkin events, on Sunday, October 25 (King Market) and Saturday, October 31 (PSU Market). These Halloween harvest celebrations will be filled with fun for shoppers of all ages, including costume parades, pumpkin carving, and goody bags.