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On the menu: New programs designed to stir up interest

Attendance among vendors and the produce-purchasing public this season may be the highest in the 17-year history of the Logan County Farmers’ Market thanks to initiatives organizers have designed to do just that.

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A new season at the market begins Saturday, and will include a new program designed to teach children about vegetables and fresh produce. Children between ages 5 and 12 can participate in the Power of Produce Club.

POP club participants will receive $2 each week in market tokens to use on any fresh foods and vegetables they wish, market manager Chloe Manor said. Other POP club programming is to include planting demonstrations and scavenger hunts.  

“Kids in POP club can save their $2 from week-to-week or spend it each week,” Ms. Manor said. “They can spend it however they want as long as they buy fresh vegetables, fruits or edible plants.

“And because we’re offering them buying power at the market they’re getting some small lessons in budgeting and economics.”

Power of Produce was a program that began in Oregon City, Ore. Ms. Manor credited the generosity of a few local vendors and a donation from Mary Rutan Hospital for getting the program off the ground here.

“The whole point is to introduce kids to new fruits and veggies,” the market manager said.

For the first time this year, arts and crafts vendors will also be allowed to sell their original products at the market on the fourth Saturday of each month.

The farmers’ market runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday in the city parking lot at Detroit Street and Chillicothe Avenue through October.

Read the full story in Monday's Examiner.

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