MARKETS GROW HEALTHY KIDS!
The Bremerton Community 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 2019 there will be a total of 6 weeks of kid’s programming.
Program will benefit children 3yrs – 12yrs 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 attend all 6 monthly activities will be entered to win a fun kids prize pack at the end of the season. Passports will be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Kids Market Bucks Club Schedule
May 2nd, 2019 – All About Soil!
Soil is one of the most important things on our planet. It is important for plants. It is important for animals. And it is important for you! Join us for a fun, hands on interactive activity learning all about soil. We will have special guest Jeff Rupert joining us with his wiggly earthworms, teaching the kids all about why we should care about these little critters and what they do for the soil.
We will also be having a fun planting activity for kids, with their very own take away edible plant – Join us!
June 6th, 2019 – The Importance of Bees!
Back by popular demand we will be running one of last year’s favorite Kids Club activities.
SO WHY ARE BEES IMPORTANT ANYWAY?
Without bees, we would not have flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other plants! Join us to learn all about what bees do and why they are important. Special guests include the West Sound Beekeepers Association with a live hive demonstration.
July 11th, 2019 – The Impact of Garbage
Please note: this Kids Club activity is scheduled for the 2nd Thursday in July due to the market being closed for the 4th of July holiday.
Did you know that most living organisms produce waste products that are safely recycled by the ecosphere? Did you also know that humans are the only species that produce unnatural waste (and we produce it in HUGE quantities)? Basically, this means that we humans create lots and LOTS of trash. What do you throw away?
Come learn about all the ways trash happens and how we can all be better stewards of our environment!
August 1st, 2019- Kids Cooking Demo with Molina Health Care
Join the market and Molina Healthcare for a special kids activity where the kids get to be the chefs. Molina will be on hand with a fun smoothie bike. Kids get to pick out their own ingredients, prepare them, and then get active while they ride their way to health!
September 5th, 2019 – Kids Tomato Taste Off
Kids like tomatoes right? Well, not all kids……but we want to change that! Join us for our 2nd Annual Kids Tomato Taste Off and experience the delicious varieties of tomatoes our farmers have to offer. Kids will take part in a fun tasting, learn more about tomatoes, and rate their favorite varieties. Their vote will determine the ultimate tomato winner!
October 3rd, 2019 – Veggie Bingo!
Join us for our first ever Farmers Market Bingo activity. Kids will get a fun bingo card to carry with them and search out any and all veggies they can find in the market. Spot 5 in a row on your board and you win!
Once completed they will complete a two-bite challenge at the kids tent, and learn more about the fresh produce in season at the market.