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posted: 6/25/2013 2:56 PM

Elgin Harvest Market features kids program to promote healthy habits

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Submitted by DNA of Elgin

The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, with assistance from community partners, has launched a new kids program at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market called "Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market." This nine-week kids program runs every Thursday through Aug. 15 (excluding July 4) at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, 200 N. Grove Ave.

"This is an effort to promote and educate students (K-6) about healthy eating, being active and related activities with additional focus on sustainability and agriculture, plus time to shop and talk with vendors," says Harvest Market manager Jennifer Benson.

"Rainbowland will feature three 20-minute sessions from active fitness fun, to cooking demos, to an interactive activity, as well as fun stuff to bring home."

"Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market" starts at noon Thursdays. It's open to children at the market either supervised by adults or in organized kids groups. Current dates available for larger kid groups of 15 students or more are June 27 and Aug. 8.

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market's "Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market" is sponsored in part by Bright Horizons and organized by Boys and Girls Club, The Centre of Elgin, Chef Quincy and Northern Illinois University students, Elgin History Museum, Elgin Public Museum, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Side Street Studio Arts and YWCA Elgin.

For details about weekly events, vendor information, live entertainment and attractions at the 2013 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, visit

To sign up or volunteer for the kids program, contact Harvest Market manager Jennifer Benson at (847) 488-1456 or

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