Photo by Jessica Keller: Amaya Vora, 8, eats a husk cherry at the Root to Shoot Two-Bite Challenge booth at Thursday’s Queen Anne Farmer’s Market. The Two-Bite Challenge introduces children to new foods they may be hesitant to otherwise try.
Photo by Jessica Keller: Amaya Vora, 8, eats a husk cherry at the Root to Shoot Two-Bite Challenge booth at Thursday’s Queen Anne Farmer’s Market. The Two-Bite Challenge introduces children to new foods they may be hesitant to otherwise try.
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With activities for children to food trucks, the Queen Anne Farmers Market is having a busy and popular summer season.

Director Matt Kelly said, this year, the farmers market has been “an incredible success.”

“In the context of what we’re facing with COVID, we are incredibly grateful for the community support and the customers coming out to shop from our vendors with health and safety in mind,” Kelly said. “It’s been moving to see how quickly just about everybody came back to shop with us, the folks who continue to shop with us through COVID helped make that happen, helped to bring the businesses back.”

So far, everything has been running smoothly, and that includes the return of favorite programs and community booths.

Despite the threat of drizzle last week, children still approached the colorful Root to Shoot Two-Bite Challenge booth, which aims to introduce children to new foods, specifically fruits and vegetables found at the farmers market.

Each week, program volunteers set out two items sold at the farmers market, usually a fruit and a vegetable, and challenge children to take a bite of each for a reward.

Sheena Eaton, coordinator of the Root to Shoot Two-Bite Challenge, said the reward is a $2 voucher that can be used at a farmers market vendor. Although not a lot can be purchased for $2 at the farmer’s market, Eaton said vendors seem to enjoy the program, and one has taken to creating $2 baggies for children.

“It’s actually really exciting and sort of shocking,” Eaton said of children’s participation. “They come up and try foods they would never try at home.”

Last week, children were challenged to try husk cherries, provided by Skinny Kitty Farms, and heirloom tomatoes from Tonnemaker.

Amaya Vora, 8, who was shopping with her parents at the farmers market, said she liked the husk cherry the best.

“It was like a cherry and tomato combined,” she said.

The Queen Anne Farmers Market is in its 14th week, with the Thursday market set to conclude Oct. 14. This year, however, Kelly said he is pleased to announce QAFM is offering three harvest markets this fall on Oct. 30, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

“So our season is expanding, and we’re excited to invite residents and neighbors to come shop on different days of the week,” Kelly said.

In addition to vendors, the harvest markets will each have different programs and activities, Kelly said. The Oct. 30 market, which will be sponsored by David Rice of Edward Jones, will coincide with the Chamber of Commerce trick or treat event along Queen Anne Avenue and feature a pumpkin patch. The Nov. 20 market, sponsored by Metropolitan Market, will feature cooking demonstrations in time for Thanksgiving. The Dec. 18 market, sponsored by Aegis Living of Rodgers Park and Galer, will have a Christmas tree vendor and holiday-themed activities.