MARKETS GROW HEALTHY KIDS!
The Bremerton Farmers Market’s Kids Market Bucks Club is modeled after a national program called “Power of Produce” with some fun added twists. The mission of our program is to educate and encourage children to take part in their local food system, meet the farmers that grow their food, and understand the benefits of eating healthy, nutritious foods.
The market will run the Kids Market Bucks Club programming once a month on the 1st Thursday of each month (from 4pm – 7pm). For 2018 there will be a total of 6 weeks of kids programming (see 2018 schedule below).
Program will benefit children 3yrs – 13yrs old, with an emphasis on healthy eating and living activities. Each monthly activity will differ.
Participants visit the market booth each week the activity is offered. They will each have a “Passport to Health” to log attendance and completion of weekly activities. Once completed, kids are issued $4 in Kids Market Bucks to spend on fresh fruits, veggies and edible plant starts at our farm vendors. Kids that have attended all 6 monthly activities will be entered to win a fun kids prize pack at the end of the season. Passports are kept at the market so participants don’t have to remember to bring them back each week.
Kids are empowered to make healthier food choices on their own by having direct buying power with the market bucks. Through the activities provided monthly, they are exposed to healthier food options and healthier lifestyle behaviors which will provide them a solid foundation and enhance their food literacy.
Farmers also benefit from the additional funds circulating at the market through the Kids Market Bucks Club!
To learn more about our Kids Market Bucks Club, or ways that you can help support this program and help it grow, contact email@example.com
2018 Kids Market Bucks Club Schedule:
May 3rd, 2018 (4pm – 7pm) – The Importance of Bees
SO WHY ARE BEES IMPORTANT ANYWAY?
Without bees, we might not have flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other plants! Join us to learn all about what honeybees do and why they are important. Special guests this week include the West Sound Beekeepers Association with a live hive demonstration.
June 7th, 2018 (4pm – 7pm) – Produce Paper Bag Guessing Game
Join us for a fun interactive game with produce. Kids identify a number of fresh fruits and vegetables found at the market and complete a fun art project during this weeks activity.
July 5th, 2018 (4pm – 7pm) – Market Fruit & Veggie Scavenger Hunt
This is a fun scavenger hunt that sends the kids all over market in search of specific fruits and veggies. They will also have the chance to connect with some of our amazing farm vendors to learn more!
August 2nd, 2018 (4pm – 7pm) – Kids Tomato Taste Off!
Come to market prepared to taste some of the amazing varieties of tomatoes our farmers have to offer. Kids will taste and rate their favorite varieties. This is a great way to make trying new foods interactive and fun!
September 6th, 2018 (4pm – 7pm) – Veggie Stamp Artwork
Stamping is a classic way to make beautiful artwork – so why not use veggies to do it! Join us for an interactive discussion about food waste and create a masterpiece out of the tops, ends and throw away pieces of vegetables you wouldn’t normally think of doing anything with.
October 4th, 2018 (3:30pm – 6:30pm) – I Can Eat a Rainbow!
This is a fun nutrition activity aimed at teaching kids about healthy eating habits. Eating fruits and veggies of many colors helps you stay healthy and strong. They will even take away a colorful piece of artwork they created, that can double as a food place mat at home!