The children at the Middlebury Farmers Market now have the opportunity to play with their fruits and veggies along with eating them. The PoP, Power of Produce Club along is a grant funded program that was created in Oregon city, Oregon and allows kids to earn tokens at the farmers market to purchase produce. The program has been brought to Vermont and is being run at the market by Emma Page.
The children participating in the program receive a reusable bag when they sign up and a $2 market token every week of the market that can be spent on fresh produce. They can choose to spend their token right away or save it up for another market. Many of the kids are saving to spend on an bigger ticket item like a pumpkin later in the summer!
The goal of the PoP club is to help children make healthy choices. It gives them the opportunity to explore different types of produce, learn about where the food comes from, and connect with local farmers.
Children 4-12 are welcome to join the PoP club at the Middlebury farmers market which runs on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 9 am – 12 pm through October 26th.