Saturday, Oct. 13, was the last meeting of the Kids' POP! Club at the Market this season, and the several dozen children attending were met with lots of fun challenges!
Food samples included brussel sprouts, courtesy of Uhlianuk Specialties from the Farm; mushrooms donated by Forest Treats, and pumpkin seeds, all washed down with apple cider, courtesy of Kapnck Orchards.
The Scavenger Hunt led the kids through the market with their eyes on pumpkin patches, looking for a pumpkin all dressed in his costume for Halloween.
Staying in the holiday spirit, older children - and some younger ones - dared to dip their hands into an open pumpkin to feel the pumpkin guts. Then there were apple prints to make and thank you cards to sign for all the participating farmers.
Last but not least were special giveaways for each child - a scratch-off Halloween ornament, a temporary fruit or veggie tattoo and a fresh apple, donated by the R.B. Miller Farm. It was a fun end to a very fun first season for the Kids' POP! Club.
See you next year!
POP! Club's third meeting - making cauliflower rice
The third meeting of the Kids POP! Club, on Sept. 8, faced the potential disadvantage of a chilly, cloudy day. But the less-than-perfect weather couldn't keep the kids away.
A total of 68 boys and girls - 25 of whom were new - met three new POP! challenges: tasting peaches, finding a metal toy tractor amidst eggplants and learning about cauliflower rice, a new way to get more vegetables into your meals.
POP! Club nutritionist Julie Stevens handled the cauliflower challenge. First she offered a tasting of orange cauliflower that came from the market's Fusilier Family Farm; other color variations for the vegetable are purple and green. Then she let the kids try grating white cauliflower into rice-like pieces using a standard box grater or a mini-chopper with a pull handle. Children and parents received a recipe for Market Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice along with nutritional information.
Parents received a special tip that cauliflower rice can be subbed for half the regular cooked rice in a recipe, thereby increasing a child's vegetable intake. All in all, a very satisfying POP! Club day
The next POP! Club meeting, on Oct. 13, will be our last for this season. Come help us celebrate a great first year!
POP! Club's second meeting - fun with farmer questions
The market's Kids' POP! Club had its second meeting on August 11 and drew almost 70 new and returning members. The food tasting - purple peppers and romaine lettuce - was pulled from one of the recipes distributed, while the big challenge was to ask a farmer a question, in acknowledgment of National Farmers Market Week. It was a fun day for the kids and the farmers, too!
Next club meeting is Sept. 8. See you there!!!
Kids' POP! Club starts with a bang!
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!!