We introduced upward of 90 kids to local farmers and fresh produce as part of our new food awareness program, Power of Produce, at the July 14 Farmers Market.
Our goal is to kindle an interest in these kids as to where food comes from and what’s in season while sampling, scavenging and shopping the market with free vouchers as new members of our monthly Kids’ POP Club.
Market food co-ordinator Micki Skrzycki was beaming as she led groups of kids
on a tour of the market co-hosted by farmer Jonathon Goetz from the Goetz Family Farm & Greenhouse, a market mainstay for more than 12 years.
“As an educator with Farmington schools, I’m used to motivating and coaching, but I never had a more eager and curious group than here at the market,” Skrzycki said.
Following are photos of kid-produce encounters from July 14. Our next POP Club meeting will be August 11. Details of how the club works comes after the photos.
Here’s how the POP Club works:
The POP Club takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month – still to come are August 11, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13. It’s open to children aged 4 to 12 who are with a parent. Look for our tent with its special banner.
Children register for the program by signing a POP ticket. Then they face three challenges: taste a fresh fruit or vegetable, go on a scavenger hunt and solve a puzzle or riddle. Once those challenges are met, the child unlocks the POP Portal and receives $3 in POP Bucks, with which he or she buys fresh produce at a farmer’s stand. Each child also receives a shopping bag that contains a nutritional recipe developed by Julia Stevens, MPH, RDN, Registered Dietitian and Health Coach, owner of Active Nutrition LLC based in Farmington Hills and a market volunteer.
On the last day of the program – Oct. 13 – we’ll celebrate with a POP Party that will include healthy snacks, games and prizes.
All this is made possible by our generous benefactors …
… and our tireless market volunteers. Together we make the Farmers Market the special experience it is!!