National Food Day will be celebrated at the Corvallis Farmers Market Saturday, Oct. 21, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at First Street and Jackson Avenue.

Highlights of the event will be free Farmers Market tokens for children to spend at their favorite market booths and a community “Apple Crunch” for everyone who is at the market. This celebration is one among hundreds taking place across the U.S. on the seventh national Food Day.

Children 12 and under will be eligible to receive two free Farmers Market tokens (a $4 value), while supplies last. Tokens will be distributed at a Food Day table under the tent at First Street and Jackson Avenue, where there will also be face painting and art activities for kids, and customers can try food samples and pick up information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The community “Apple Crunch” will take place at 10:30 a.m. It will be signaled by bells ringing throughout the Farmers Market.

Each market customer will receive a locally grown apple to bite into at the end of the countdown. They will be joined by millions of people around the country who will crunch into an apple on Food Day.

The Apple Crunch originated in New York City in 2012, with approximately 400,000 New Yorkers biting into a locally grown apple at the same time.

For more information, see www.sustainablecorvallis.org.

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