Bring your kids to the Monticello Market. Between July 9 and September 24, all kids ages 4-12 will be able to participate in the Power of Produce Kids Club. (POP Kids Club)
When kids come to the market, they register with the farmers’ market desk. Each child receives a token worth $2 and a reusable shopping bag. Kids can then wander the market and pick their favorite fruits or vegetables and purchase them with their own money. Each week families return during the POP Club weeks, kids will receive another token!
This is a win-win-win for families, farmers and our communities.
The Crow River Food Council, the Monticello Farmers Market and LiveWright are partnering to bring this great program to the market.
We are thankful to the Wright County Area United Way and Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electrical Association for financial sponsorship support along with funds provided by the Statewide Health Improvement Program of the MN Department of Health.
Success in 2015 for the Power of Produce Program
After much preparation and planning, the first season of the PoP at the Monticello Farmers’ Market was a fantastic success. In total, over 400 kids signed up to participate in the program in Monticello. Using their $2 tokens, participants carefully selected everything from raspberries and cucumbers to squash and eggplant. At summer’s end, 1012 tokens were redeemed.
With a successful launch at the Monticello Farmers’ Market, the PoP expanded to the Saturday Market in Delano through the second half of the summer season. At this smaller market, 71 kids signed up and redeemed 185 tokens.
Positive feedback from kid participants, in addition to survey results from both parents and market vendors indicate the need to continue the program in 2016. In doing so, Food Council members will work to secure funding through sponsorships and grants and explore the potential of expanding the program to new markets in the region.
If you are interested in providing funding for the 2016 Power of Produce Program, would like to be involved with the program or have questions for the Food Council, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to find us on Facebook and Twitter, too!