Fall Fun Starts Here!

Sure it doesn’t feel like Fall in Florida, but this Health & Harvest Festival is guaranteed to put you in the Fall spirit. This FREE event has a packed schedule with a little bit of something for everyone. Here’s what you can expect: cornhole, prizes and giveaways, healthy food, family photo booth, and so much more.  Orlando Health will be conducting health screenings (free Glucose and Cholesterol Screenings for first 200 people) as well as demonstrations and hands-on activities like Stop the Bleed Information (Learn more) and Hands only CPR training.

And throughout the day, FREE classes and demonstrations:

            • 9 am – Yoga
              Grab your mat and join us for Yoga in the grass at HWO’s Health and Harvest Festival at the Winter Garden Farmers Market. Joy from the Central Florida YMCA will be teaching a free class starting at 9 am. Space is limited, so get there early.
            • 10 am – Food Demo: Farmers Market Produce: Name it, Tame it and Own it.

               Presented by: Jacque Nyenhuis, PhD
              Assistant Professor of Medicine/Culinary Nutrition, UCF
              (Watch an interview with Jacque on Fox Orlando)

              There is a new, exciting and almost fanciful way of eating healthier. It starts with beautiful, one of a kind produce from the farmer’s market. The perfect produce might sometimes have unusual or downright strange appearances but amazing flavors abound. The produce captures the flavors from the earth and sun, making them more nutrient-dense than their cousins. Take a moment to learn a few new “trick or tips” of how to pick the best tasting produce. This session with help you learn to Identify It, Name It, Tame it and Own it with new recipes for Farmer’s Market Fresh Produce.

              Recipes Include:
              Caprese Salad with Walnut Pesto
              Farmers Market Vegetables with Mango Mojito Vinaigrette
              Herbed Pasta with A to Z Veggies

            • 11 am – Tai Chi with Al Aki (Watch Al in action)
              Take time to relax and reflect as you focus your mind and body doing Tai Chi taught by Al Aki. It’s free and starts at 11 am. Space is limited, so get there early.
            • Noon – Gardening Class: The Broken (egg shell) Way to Create a Tiny Garden (Jacque Nyenhuis)Place a few seeds in a broken egg shell, tend it with a little water and within days, tender green shoots will sprout up from the black soil. It is magical experience no matter how many times you see it happen. Bring the kids for a totally different experience of gardening and learning to appreciate what a seed can become.  Class will include a tasting of all different kinds of produce and the first 25 kids who register can create an egg shell garden to take home.Activities:
              Experience “Right from the farmers market” tastes of fall produce
              Planting an Egg Shell Garden (Limited to first 25 kids to register)To register, email
            • 1 pm – Cooking Class: P is for Pumpkins and Everything Fall (Jacque Nyenhuis)Finding the flavorful pumpkin or squash at the Farmers Market can feel more like an act of foraging by discovering edible produce in such unexpected packages.  These types of produce take on a pleasant sweetness when mellowed by roasting. Its quick and easy to get fresh produce to the table with a few special tips. This cooking class will demonstrate hearty, soul-satisfying ways to serve the best of fall produce found at the Farmers Market. Some recipes we will demonstrate are:Fall Festival Fondue
              Pumpkin Butter
              Tiny Yam Muffins
            • 1:30 pm – Family Fun Fitness Class  – YMCA
              Bring your kids and enjoy a Fun Family Fitness Class at 1:30 pm in the grass of the Winter Garden Farmers Market. Lymarie of the Central Florida YMCA will be leading CATCH Games (Coordinated Approach to Child Health.) By uniting multiple players in a child’s life to create a community of health, CATCH is a series of physical activity games in which both the child and parent work as a team to finish through nutrition knowledge and behaviors.

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