Mark your calendar for October 26th from 2 p.m.,  to 4 pm., for the first Apple Crunch Street Fair in downtown Gridley.   This is a celebration of healthy foods fo.r Gridley.  Monday October 24th is National Food Day and all month Healthy California has Apple Crunch happening where people can “crunch” an apple and use the hashtag #NorCalAppleCrunch to send a selfie of the action to participate in the state-wide Apple Crunch.  The schools are doing this and the hospital has done this activity in the past.  Even if your child or grandchild has already done this you can still send another selfie, maybe a group one showing all of you together.

This celebration of healthy eating is happening in downtown Gridley with the block between Kentucky and Virginia on Hazel being blocked off so everyone can walk freely from event to event.   There will be a demonstration of how to plant herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers and then groups will be given a planter map and planter plan along with soil and plants to put into the small and large planters in downtown Gridley.    At 2:30 p.m., there will be an apple tree planting and dedication.  These apple trees will be kept small by using hedgerow orchard pruning to keep the trees no taller than five feet.   Home Depot will be there with an activity for children.  Come make seeds bombs, watch a cooking demo.  Ampla will have a child oriented activity and the Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce will have a booth where you can take Apple Crunch photos or do family selfies (bring your own phone camera).  Music, Fun, Plants and Prizes, all await you.  Come have fun and participate in a healthy Gridley.

The Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce and Gridley GROW are partners in promoting a healthy Gridley through the Apple Crunch Street Fair.  GROW is a umbrella community organization comprised of University of California CalFresh, Butte County Health, Ampla, Gridley Roots Community Gardens, North Valley Catholic Services and interested community members.  Everyone is welcome to participate in GROW.  This organization meets every second Monday of the month at the community hall of St. Timothy Episcopal Church at 10 a.m.  If you are interested in encouraging healthy food, downtown beautification and the new project of Bike Friendly Gridley, please come to the meetings.