Power of Produce gives children buying power at Maple Grove Farmers Market

Program begins July 10


Children ages 5-12 who visit the Maple Grove Farmers Market  from July 10 to Aug. 14 are invited to sign up for the market’s new Power of Produce(PoP) Club. Kids who participate will receive $2 to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables every time they visit the market during the six-week program.

“Kids who choose and prepare their own food are more likely to try new foods. We want to put buying power in kids’ hands and empower them to make great food choices,” said Market Manager Kirsten Bansen Weigle.

MGmarketPoPChildren who participate in the program should bring their adult to the PoP Club table at market to sign up. Participants will receive a shopping bag along with their $2 token, and can then spend their tokens on fruit, vegetables or food-bearing plants.

The PoP Club will also feature weekly special events including kids’ cooking demonstrations, a farmers market scavenger hunt, and a special interactive session about curing “picky eater syndrome,” and a presentation by Eastman Nature Center. Though the token program is available only to kids aged 5-12, special events will be open to children of all ages.

The PoP Club is the first of its kind in Minnesota and has been made possible by the generous support of Whole Foods Market-Maple Grove, The Opus Group, and Partners in Pediatrics/Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

PoP special events include: a market scavenger hunt on July 10 from 3 to 7 p.m., veggie experiment station and sampling from 4 to 5:30 on July 17, Kids’ cooking demonstration from 4 to 5 p.m. on July 24, Curing Picky Eater Syndrome from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on July 31, kids’ cooking demonstration from 4 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 7 and a Monarch butterfly presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 14.

Also at Market on July 10, shoppers can enjoy live music by Wayne Hamilton from 4 to 7 p.m., pick up free recipes, and enroll in the market’s Frequent Shopper program at the Market Information Trailer. Visa, Discover, MasterCard and EBT cards are accepted.

Learn more about the market by visiting www.maplegrovefarmersmarket.com to sign up for informational market e-mails. Follow the market at www.facebook.com/maplegrovefarmersmarket or on Twitter at twitter.com/maplegrovefm.

The Maple Grove Farmers Market features nearly 50 vendors offering Minnesota-grown and vendor-made food items. The market averages 2,050 adult shoppers per week outside the Maple Grove Community Center. It also features weekly live music, Master gardeners, frequent shopper program and seasonal special events.