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Thanks for a great year!

We were so excited to bring back our POP! Club after its covid-induced absence in 2020. And our return did not disappoint.

We shortened our season by a month and took such covid precautions as requiring children to wear masks. We also took a new approach to each month's program, featuring themes that tied our activities together. 

We began by looking at the history and nutritional value of root vegetables – did you know that some were around when dinosaurs walked the earth? Next we tackled the age-old dilemma of what's a fruit and what's a vegetable, and found some very interesting facts: If it has seeds inside, it's a fruit. Our third program compared squashes – which we knew from Program 2 are all fruits. We talked about summer vs. winter and had hands-on fun making zoodles from zucchini and spaghetti from spaghetti squash. We offered fun recipes, too, which you can find here.

We ended the season on October 30 with the return of the Shoeboxes of Doom. The children had lots of fun identifying the body parts of a witch, which were all played by veggies or fruit.

You'll find details on each POP! Club meeting by clicking the individual links found on this page.

Julie, Lisa and I enjoyed every get-together. We learned a lot, and we're already planning POP! for next season, when we'll restore the program to five total meets. We'd like to thank our sponsors, Beaumont Health and 
Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families, for their unflagging support during these tough times.

Keep exploring the Power of Produce, and we'll see everyone next summer for more chances to play with your food!

Peggy Castine
POP! Club co-ordinator
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