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Mobile dairy brings kids up close to their food source
Farmer's market will be open through October with new vendors each week
Sara Jackson, right, and Linda Bates purchase fresh vegetables and fruits at Native American Farms of Cleveland Georgia’s booth at the Spout Springs Farmers Market Thursday afternoon.

When it's time to make dinner you go to the grocery store.

You pick up everything on your list, eggs, milk and bread without giving a second thought to where it came from.

Farmers took the opportunity to show children and their parents where their dinner comes from at the Spout Spring's Library Farmers Market Thursday afternoon.

Nicole Karstedt, Mobile Dairy Classroom coordinator, showed children how a cow is milked at a farm. She said her black and white spotted cow, Betsy, is a type of cow called a Holstien. Ninety percent of the milk that is made in America comes from Holstien cows.

She asked the children to list all of the things that are made from milk.

Cole Barrett, 8, excited shouted "ice cream."

Karstedt said she loves seeing the children's reactions to the cow. She said most kids haven't been around cows very often and are intrigued by the animal. Most of the questions they ask her are about milk.

"Milk doesn't just come from a grocery store. It comes from an animal and someone has to work to get that," Karstedt said.

"Just showing them what a dairy farmer does and had to go through to get milk on the table."

Olivia Chambers, 6, said she loves milk but would never milk a cow herself.

"It would be gross," Olivia said.

Emma Harper, 8, said she would like to have a cow of her own. She said she thought "it was really cool."

Hugh Stowers brought a corn mill that his grandfather purchased in 1929. He still uses the mill to make cornmeal, which can be used to make corn bread and a lot of other recipes.

While his granddaughter was growing up he taught her how to use the mill. The two worked to gather the corn and grind it down to become cornmeal. He said he wanted her to understand where food comes from.

"I feel sad for these children today. Their parents think that food comes out of a grocery store," Stowers said.

Elanor Coppedge and Annette Hendry pass out sliced fruit to people passing by their booth. They started the Spout Springs Library Farmers Market two years ago. Hendry said the market is a great place to get your groceries.

"We love it for the fresh food, because it's local and it hasn't traveled," Hendry said.

The farmers market will continue until the end of October and will have new vendors and products coming every week.

"We're on the map with a really good farmers market," Coppedge said.


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