Blog : Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market to Host Families Celebration on Sunday

By Craig | Aug 20, 2015 | in

By Katelyn Monroe

The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market come together to host a Green Families Celebration and Market, and a Green Beer Social afterwards on Sunday, August 23. The Green Families Fest and Market from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.will be a day of fun featuring the traditional farmers’ market vendors and new family friendly vendors and activities from the Green Alliance and surrounding community. Discover the sustainable, eco-friendly community that has become Green Families.

This year, the Kittery Community Market added new venders and sponsors. One new sponsor is the Green Alliance, a union of local and regional businesses that have sustainable initiatives at the core of their business model, and consumer members looking to shop with eco-friendly businesses.

The event is focused on bringing together the local community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, face painting, a scavenger hunt, games and prizes for the kids. As its own weekly summer event, the Kittery Community Market is held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Kittery at Post Office Square featuring local produce, foods, and crafts. On August 23 the market will expand with the addition of sustainable vendors from the Green Alliance, along with a post celebration meet-up at nearby Tributary Brewing Company. The Green Alliance Beer Social will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 directly after the market and all green minded citizens are welcome.

“We wanted to hold a summer event that appealed to both children and adults,” said Rich Collins GA Assistant Director. “The market and family fest should have something for everyone both young and old, especially those who care about sustainability and supporting the local green economy. We’ve added the GA Beer Social directly after the market for the adults to enjoy some locally brewed beer in the company of other like-minded residents. Families can come to the market and then hit the Beer Social afterwards or for those who just want to network with green business owners they can come straight to the social and skip the market. We expect many of our green-certified GA business owners and GA members to be in attendance at the beer social so it should present excellent summer connecting.”

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created with the goal to inspire younger generations to care about sustainability and value the environment. Its formation was a natural response of research and trends found by the Green Alliance about members.

“We discovered that a large portion of Green Alliance members are parents with young children who care deeply about the environment and shopping locally; people who had a very real vested interest in safer, greener, more local products and services,” said Sarah Brown, Director and Founder of the Green Alliance.

Green Families merges the relationship between businesses and an active socially engaged local community with fun, educational events geared specifically toward families, and great discounts at local businesses. Its works to educate families and budget concerns, parents can still afford to make green-minded decisions that ensure the health and safety of both their family and the environment. The Green Alliance encourages all families to attend the Green Families Celebration and market for a fun filled day in downtown Kittery.

The Kittery Community Market is held each Sunday and aims to provide healthy, fresh foods, locally prepared foods, and work from local artisans to residents of Kittery and the surrounding area. The Green Alliance is proud to be a market sponsor and to be working with the Kittery Community Market throughout the season. The Green Alliance will be vending at many of the weekly markets during the summer and until the end of the market on October 4. To Sarah Brown and the Green Alliance staff it is important to partner with local organizations as much as possible and to spread awareness about the benefits of shopping local.

“Buying local helps sustain small businesses and farms here in the Seacoast and throughout New England. Not only do local markets support the community and local economy, but they provide the freshest products and peace of mind knowing that it is healthy for your family.” Brown said.

Both the Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market look forward to joining forces for the Green Families Celebration to bring a family focus to the weekly market. Visitors can anticipate new vendors including Green Alliance Business Partners The Natural Dog and Green Cocoon, in addition to the weekly local vendors.

The Green Families Celebration will be held on Sunday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10 Shapleigh Rd. (Post Office Square) in Kittery; the event is free and all are welcome to attend. After the festival, guests are encouraged to head across the street to Tributary Brewing Company for a social with Green Alliance members and Business Partners. Green Alliance members will enjoy special discounts at Tributary during the Social.

To learn more about the Kittery Community Market visitwww.kitterycommunitymarket.com. Want to become a Green Families Member? Join here!