CARTHAGE — Lessons abounded during Children’s Day June 7 at Carthage Farmers Market. About 230 Carthage Elementary students along with children from child care descended on the market. Mother Nature cooperated so the students had a nice walk from the Beaver Lane school to the market on Riverside Drive.
The teachers said the market visit taught many lessons.
“We talk about how the vendors are local and the importance of buying local,” said first-grade teacher Erica Bartholomew, “We also talked about safety while walking here.”
“We are learning about coins and bills,” said Bobbi Bolton, a second-grade teacher.
“This let them practice and they learned the value of a dollar.”
Vendor Charlotte Everett of Cheri’s Gardens gave a lesson in counting change, giving students, who could recognize a nickel and count out 10 pennies, the coins.
Alexander Beebee said his fourth-grade classes have come to the market every year.
“There’s great conversations about the work that goes into making or growing the items,” he said.
His students were limited to $3.
“It teaches them to spend their money wisely,” said Mr. Beebee.
One of his students, A.J. Price, not only spent his money wisely, he learned about his purchase and practiced what he has learned about talking to strangers.
After buying a wooden whistle from Mary Traylor of Root 42 Rustics, he learned it took a half hour to make the $2 whistle from a branch gathered from near the crafter’s home.
A.J., knowing he should not talk to people he did not know, was leery about talking to this reporter until he got the OK from his teacher.
A.J.’s friend, Gage Carr practiced generosity when he gave A.J. some money needed to purchase a bag of pretzel sticks. Although Gage did not find anything he wanted to spend his $3 on, he said he hoped to come back to the market.
Amethist Schmidt also made good use of her $3 buying an artificial flower in a pot and a no-bake cookie.
Some students had more money to spend. First-grader Patricia Crawford had enough to buy a jewelry box and a necklace from Carlota Sota,
“I hope to come back with my mom,” said Patricia, noting this was her first visit to the market.
Jessica Corson of Fort Drum came to the market for the first time after learning that her daughter who is in second grade would be attending.
“I’ll be back,” she said as her son, Killian was fitted for a winter hat at Miss Brenda’s Hats, operated by Brenda DeRoche.
With two oversized strollers of preschool children in tow, Kelly Cassoni, owner and operator of Little Buddy Childcare, and her assistant attended Children’s Day.
“We come most every Friday to get the kids out,” said Ms. Cassoni.
Shari Simmons had some sliced watermelon and fruit cups for sale.
“It’s good seeing the kids looking for nutritious things,” she said, noting some of the children pooled their money to buy a basket of fresh strawberries.
Jeanette A. Turner, Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, distributed American flags, donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its auxiliary along with the American Legion, to the children.
Live entertainment is provided each week at the market with Lou Howland scheduled to play guitar and sing June 14.
For more information about the market, call the Chamber of Commerce at 315-493-3590 or stop by and see the executive director at the market. The Chamber booth is to the left when entering the market pavilion. The Farmers Market Pavilion is available for rental for family reunions or other gatherings. Contact the Chamber director for more information.
The market is held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays until Oct. 11 on Riverside Drive. Village law prohibits dogs within 25 feet of the farmers market pavilion.