The Kidz Dig It Club – where it’s OK to play with your food!

The Kidz Dig It Club at the Windsor Certified Farmers Market was established in 2008 by former Market Manager Glenda Castelli and Market Chef Mei Ibach to teach kids how to make healthy choices in the kitchen. The monthly Kidz Dig It cooking classes are for pre-school age kids up to 12 yrs old. (Kids will use small knives and graters to prepare produce and will be close to food processors and heating sources.) Kids learn how to play with their food and how fun it is to make healthy eating choices. Kids meet their local farmers and see where their food comes from.

New Club members can sign up at Market Info Table by registering with Child’s name, parents name and contact email for monthly cooking class reminders. Club members learn responsibility when they are given a Market Shopping Bag at time of registration. When a child returns to the Market Information Table each week with their bag they receive $2 in Kidz Bucks to spend at the Market on fresh fruits and veggies. Kidz can decorate their bags, color activity sheets and play checkers with a family member each week at the Market eating tables.

Kidz Dig It monthly cooking classes focus on recipes that kids can make themselves using local produce and healthy meats and grains. This gives them healthy alternatives for afternoon snacks. Recipes are available and we encourage parents to keep ingredients in the house that give your child the choice to cook instead of reaching for processed chips and cookies.

A schedule of Kidz Dig It Cooking Classes and Event activities for Kidz is listed below.
Cooking Classes are every 4th Sunday(unless specified) at 11:00 am in the Town Green East Pavilion. Kidz learn to play with their food, meet their farmers and learn where their food comes from. They prepare simple recipes they can cook themselves and then time to munch out!

Instructor Sue McQuiddy – Sue is a Nutritionist at Windsor’s Cali Calmecac Campus, where she runs the school garden project and teaches healthy eating. She will be teaching classes throughout the season with a strong emphasis on nutrition.

Market Staff Instructors  – Market Manager Tina Castelli develops recipes with the help of Sue McQuiddy and local cooks. Class helpers include local volunteers and WHS Culinary students in their Junior and Senior years. Vineyard Academy graduates have gone on to become employed by the Windsor Market as Event and Market assistants.

Kidz Dig It 2019 Schedule Coming Soon!

Kidz Dig It 2018 Activities

April 8                  Opening Day
Welcome back, sign up for the Kidz Dig it Club at Market Information Booth.

April 22                 Windsor Earth Day & Wellness Fest
Earth Friendly Education, Learn about Animals, Music for kids
Kidz Cooking Class – TBA

May 13                  Mother’s Day Tea & Cookie Tasting
Kidz build a flower Arrangement for Mom with the Windsor Garden Club

May 20                  Kidz Day on the Farm
Planting Activities, Kidz Cooking Class – TBA
School Garden Network booths, Farm Animals
Country Games, Model Barn Building
Bicycle Smoothies and bike safety with Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition
FREE Helmets & fitting courtesy of Windsor Lions

June 17                 Father’s Day Kiwanis Brunch & Tractor Show
Play the “What the Heck is it Game” with Dad and Grandpa (old home and ranch
tools guessing game), prizes.
Tractor Show, Kids can climb inside or drive one of the tractor pedal cars
Kidz build a succulent arrangement for Dad with the Windsor Garden Club

July 22                  Kidz Cooking Class – Fresh Fruit & Granola Parfaits

Aug 26                 18th Annual Zucchini Blossom Festival
Wacky Veggie Art Contest – win Market Bucks or a Bicycle!
Zucchini Car Races – Car building workshop 10;30 am, Races at 12 noon
Kidz Dig It Cooking Class – Zucchini Cakes & Yogurt Dip

Sept 23                 Tomato & Pepper Fest
Kids Cooking Class – Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Oct 28                   18th Annual Pumpkin Jamboree
Kidz Pumpkin Carving & Painting
Build a Scarecrow to take home
Halloween Pumpkin Parade-Prizes for best costumes

Nov 18                 Thanksgiving Tasting Feast
Kidz Dig It Cooking Class – assorted appetizers and dips using Market veggies

Dec 9                    Market Closing Day
Kidz help make Community Stone Soup, buy a veggie to throw in the pot

Zucchini Car Specs

The Windsor Market Raceway is a custom built wooden gravity track, built for the Market by Thiessen Construction carpenters in 2001. The track has 4 lanes and is 25′ long. The cars begin perched in their lanes against pegs 3′ above the ground. When the pegs are released, the cars drop down the track and and coast to the finish line. The driver places the car on the pegs and then runs to the finish line to catch their car. The race is a double-elimination, best out of 3 for each heat. That means each car races a minimum of 6 times. Trophies for all car builders, ribbons and Market Bucks for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Car Designer Award to Best car design. Watch event information for race times and potential car building workshops.

1. Car can be made out of a Zucchini or Summer Squash.

2. Axles of car must travel through the Squash(s). (A squash sitting on wheels is not permitted.)

3. Car can be a maximum of 11″ wide to fit in the lanes.

4. Car can be a maximum of 20″ long to travel down steep gravity track.

Hints: Choose tires that don’t cause friction,

use a straw shape rod through the squash first to allow axle to spin freely inside,

check that car rolls as straight as possible and make sure base is wide enough to support squash.