Join the Search for Rodney Rooster!


Rodney is hunkering down in his chicken coop with his ladies during these tough times.  Rumor has it though, that a cut-out version of Rodney can be spotted at about 10 of the local Little Free Libraries in La Mesa CA.  It's good to get outside for a bit as long as we practice social distancing and wipe down books after picking one up.  This "sort of" scavenger hunt, is a way to get a little fresh air and change of pace while we get through these tough times!  Once the public health situation improves we'll let you know when Rodney will be out and about at the market. 

Farmers Market in the La Mesa Village -  I call it an IRL (In Real Life) community playgroup. Whatever you call it...Unplug, play and connect and get out into the community with your little ones!  Kids can search for the market mascot Rodney Rooster who will be hiding in a different vendor booth each week. They can look for clues and once Rodney's been spotted, they get a prize!  Stick around for an easy nature craft,  play in our version of "Fort Night Friday" or try "Adventure Tasters" where kids get rewarded for trying one new item a week. Take it farther with "Rodney Time" where kids can complete challenges at home and be rewarded for type spent off screens. Crafts are mainly geared towards ages 0-8 but we often have games like over-sized Jenga as well.  The market is open from 3 - 7pm on Fridays near La Mesa Blvd and 3rd Street.  Brought to you by the Unplugged Village in partnership with Brian's Farmers' Markets. 

Farmers Market Vendor Testimonials:

"The Search for Rodney Rooster is great.  Seeing the kids faces light up was wonderful and it definitely brought in some additional sales.  Thanks!! "  

"People look at every booth, and we get good customer reactions. Fun for kids"

"Good for kids and families= Great for the Market"

"Fort Night Friday"

Market Customer Survey Results Jan 2020

Of those who searched for Rodney, 92% said they “Loved it”

100% enjoyed the Unplugged Booth activities

80% indicated they would be very likely to come back 

Customer Testimonials:

"My kid talks about this all week!"

"Thank you for this great idea, we need more like it!"

Have a business interested in supporting these endeavors or would you like to have Rodney Rooster at your Farmers Market?  Contact Claudia Erickson.