CHARLESTON , W.Va.Are you looking for an exciting way to spice up the start of your familys weekend?

At the Capital Market in downtown Charleston, Family Fun Fridays are a mix of family time and high-quality, local food for an enjoyable, educational and free afternoon.

WVU Extension Service agents from Kanawha County are bringing information and fun-filled activities about local food and nutrition to the community every Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


From agriculture and home gardening, to 4-H and youth programs, to family, health and nutrition education, the WVU Extension service has a lot to offer,said Kanawha County WVU Extension Agent John Porter.Family Fun Fridays are an excellent opportunity for the WVU Extension Service to share all of our programs and opportunities with the people of Kanawha County.

All events and activities are free to the public and all age groups are welcome. Participants will learn about the importance of buying locally grown produce and gain advice about growing fruits and vegetables at home.

Buying locally grown food helps ensure youre feeding your family fresh grown, healthier food. Investing in local foods also helps support the farmers in your community,Porter said.

A WVU Extension expert will answer questions centered on select topics on Fun family Fridays. There will also be a healthy, locally grown snack related to that days topic at the end of every Friday session.

On July 10, the topic will beTons of Tomatoes,where kids learn and create solar wind energy. Later, they will enjoy a healthy tomato snack.

Next on July 24, follow the seed trail as theCorn Cob Cookinand Recyclingseminar takes place. Kids will make their own seed packets and get to sample various corn dishes, while asking an expert about how to recycle in a garden.

On August 7, there will be theSimply Squashprograms where kids will eat grilled squash with herbs and mini kabobs. They will also learn how to plant vegetables for a fall harvest.

The finale event will take place August 21. TheFruits of Summerprogram will allow kids to create bubbles and learn about bugs while munching on a healthy variety of fresh fruit treats.

For more information about Family Fun Fridays, please contact WVU Extension Kanawha County agents Kerri Wade or John Porter at 304-768-1201.