The Meade County Farmers Market in coordination with the Meade County Extension Office was able to bring back the Kids POP (Power of Produce) Club again this year. The program started back on June 20 and runs every Tuesday through July 20. All children ages 3-12 that are residents of the county are invited to take part in the program by visiting the market between 11 a.m and 2 p.m. on these days.
The goal of the Pop Club is to “provide a fun opportunity for children to engage in the local food system through conversations with farmers, educational games and demonstrations and exposure to new fruits and vegetables.” The children take part in educational activities and sampling of healthy foods made from products offered by the farmers market vendors, and by doing so, they earn tokens that they can use to shop the market themselves.
Mary Gavin, who is the market manager and a vendor herself, says that it has been a great joy watching the young children’s smiles as they explore the market. One week, she said the children were offered green tomato bread to sample. Though there were some noses turned up at the sound of green tomato bread, every child tried the bread and gave it two thumbs up. Blueberries were the sample for another week.
Gavin also commended Jennifer Bridge with the Extension Office, the vendors and the Friends of the Market who help make the program possible and free to the children who participate. Friends of the Market include: Meade County Bank, Tony Brown Chevrolet, The Cecilian Bank, Nucor Steel, Andrew Nichols and Joy Trotter, Kentucky Farm Bureau and Hawkins Farms.