Power of Produce (POP) Clubs for Kids!

Free, fun, and easy activities for kids ages 5-12

It’s easy to participate! Kids can come any time during POP hours, and do not need to sign up in advance or come every time. Visit one of the participating locations, (see below or print the list), and find the Power of Produce (POP) table. Sign up and hear about the day’s fun activities. It might be a scavenger hunt around the market, a quiz for the farmer(s), a taste test or some cooking, or a different adventure. Complete the activity, then come back to the POP table to get your POP Bucks: market money just for kids! Kids can spend POP Bucks on veggies and fruit around the market or farmstand.

Power of Produce Clubs are fun, free, and filled with fresh local food. Fourteen locations are hosting Power of Produce this summer. Find the schedule below or download it here. Kids sign up at the POP Host table and learn about the day’s produce-based activity. It might be a scavenger hunt, a quiz, an easy salad recipe. When they’ve completed the activity (everyone’s a winner!) children receive $2-3 of kids-only market money to spend on produce. Kids can come once or come many times, during the hours listed below. No need to sign up in advance or come at a certain start time. It’s a wonderful way to connect children with healthy eating, healthy shopping, local farms, and fun!

Power of Produce  (POP) Clubs are fun, free, and filled with fresh local food. Fourteen Upper Valley locations hosted Power of Produce Clubs in 2018.

POP Clubs are for farmers’ markets, and we’ve had three farm stands host them as well. The Clubs are simple and fun. Kids sign up at the POP Host table and learn about the day’s produce-based activity. It might be a scavenger hunt, a quiz, or an easy salad recipe. When they’ve completed the activity (everyone’s a winner!) children receive $2-3 of kids-only market money to spend on produce. Kids can come once or come many times, during POP Club hours. No need to sign up in advance or come at a certain start time. It’s a wonderful way to connect children with healthy eating, healthy shopping, local farms, and fun!

If your farmers’ market is interested in adding the Power of Produce to your kids activities, give us a call at 802.291.9100. We love POP Clubs and love to share our enthusiasm and experiences.

Power Of Produce Clubs 2018 are getting ready to welcome kids this summer. Please contact Lauren Griswold (Lauren@VitalCommunities.org) or Becka Warren (Becka@VitalCommunities.org) if you are interested in bringing Power of Produce to your area farmers’ market or farm stand in 2018. Learn more about Power of Produce Clubs, including free tool kits, from the Farmers’ Market Coalition and University of Minnesota Extension.

2018 Power of Produce Club locations

2018 Power of Produce Clubs ran from June 24  through August 18 at the locations below.

We want to send a huge thank you to the volunteers who have fueled our Power of Produce (POP) Club project with their inspiring dedication, passion, and spirit. Over 35 community members have responded to our call, not only hosting the 14 Upper Valley POP Clubs but filling in for each other at the drop of a hat when other volunteers have needed substitutes. It has been nothing short of inspiring to witness the community support and energy behind this project, and these women and men (and their kiddos, in the case of the Capo family at the Canaan location) are to thank! From all of us, thank you so, so much for all of the creativity and energy you have put into your communities through those 14 POP Club tables. We couldn’t have done it without you!

“We’ve been having so much fun spending the day with so many farmer friends and getting to watch kids try foods that shock their parents (‘They’d never try that at home!’)  It really is an awesome thing to be able to be a part of empowering kids and getting them excited about fresh food!” Rachelle Capo, Canaan host

Canaan Farmers and Artisans’ Market
Canaan, NH
Sundays, 10 am-2 pm

Chelsea Farmers’ Market
Chelsea, VT
Fridays, 3-6 pm

Claremont Farmers’ Market
Claremont, NH
Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm

Edgewater Farmstand
Plainfield, NH
Wednesdays, 3-5 pm

Newport Farmers’ Market
Newport, NH
Fridays, 3-6 pm

Hartland Farmers’ Market
Hartland,
Fridays, 4-7 pm

Hanover Farmers’ Market
Hanover, NH
Wednesdays, 3-6 pm

Wilmot Farmers’ Market
Wilmot, NH
Saturdays, 9 am-12 pm

Lebanon Farmers’ Market
Lebanon, NH
Thursdays, 4-7 pm

Beaver Pond Farm Stand
Newport, NH
Thursdays, 3-5 pm

Norwich Farmers’ Market
Norwich, VT
Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm

Royalton Farmers’ Market
South Royalton, VT
Thursdays, 3-6 pm

Spring Ledge Farm Stand
New London, NH
Tuesdays, 3-6 pm

Greater Falls Farmers’ Market
Bellows Falls, VT
Fridays, 3-7 pm

Newport, NH

Fridays, 3-6 pm
Newport Farmers Market

Newport Farmers Market will have 8 weeks of POP fun! The market accepts SNAP EBT benefits and will double SNAP benefits up to $10 per day with Granite State Market Match.

Canaan, NH

Sundays, 10 am-2 pm
Canaan Farmers and Artisans’ Market

Canaan Farmers & Artisans’ Market is excited to welcome kids to POP!

Hartland, VT

Fridays 4-7 pm
at the Hartland Farmers’ Market

Hartland POP Club is excited to see all kids for some produce power! The market accepts SNAP EBT benefits and will double benefits up to $10 per day with Vermont Crop Cash.

S. Royalton, VT

Thursdays, 3-6 pm
Royalton Farmers Market

South Royalton Farmers Market welcomes kids to Power of Produce Club! The market accepts SNAP EBT benefits and will double benefits up to $10 per day with Vermont Crop Cash.

Lebanon, NH

Thursdays, 3-7 pm
Lebanon Farmers Market

Newport Farmers Market will have 8 weeks of POP fun! The market accepts SNAP EBT benefits and will double SNAP benefits up to $10 per day with Granite State Market Match.

Hanover, NH

Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm
Hanover Area Farmers’ Market

Canaan Farmers & Artisans’ Market is excited to welcome kids to POP in September! Stay tuned for more POP coming next summer!

Claremont, NH

Saturdays 9 am-1 pm
Claremont Farmers’ Market

Hartland POP Club is excited to see all kids for some produce power! The market accepts SNAP EBT benefits and will double benefits up to $10 per day with Vermont Crop Cash.

S. Royalton, VT

Thursdays, 3-6 pm
June 29-August 17
Royalton Farmers Market
South Royalton Town Green

South Royalton Farmers Market welcomes kids to Power of Produce Club! The market accepts SNAP EBT benefits and will double benefits up to $10 per day with Vermont Crop Cash.

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