The Cathedral Farmers Market joined Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in kicking off the 7th annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Club on Thursday, May 30 at the Alliance Theatre. Children and their families heard a special reading of “In my Granny’s Garden,” then stopped by the market tent to learn about the farmers market, what produce is currently in season, and how to plant their own vegetable seeds.
The book is written by Pearl Cleage and Zaron W. Burnette, Jr., to educate children on where their food comes from. Burnette shares real memories of visiting his grandmother in the country, where he realizes food does not come from the grocery store, and his grandmother’s skill in the garden and ability to feed people makes her a “superhero.” At the kickoff, market director Sara Goodell and communications coordinator Carly Grady taught children the basics of what a plant needs to grow and how to grow it. Each child chose a vegetable seed to plant (cucumber, zucchini, or yellow squash), placed it in a biodegradable paper planter, added some soil and water, and left feeling like superheroes.
The Mayor's Summer Reading Club is a program for children ages birth to five and their families that take place in locations throughout Atlanta over the summer. A volunteer from Alliance Theatre visited the Cathedral Farmers Market on June 1 to read “In my Granny’s Garden,” to the market’s youngest attendees. Each child went home with a copy of the book and a better understanding of where our food comes from.
The Cathedral Farmers Market, Georgia's largest producer-only market, is open Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – noon in the parking lot.