Kids’ activities abound at June 8 Farmington farmers market

Nature shows, a father-son cooking demo, and the return of a produce club for kids ages 4 to 12 mark the annual celebration of National Children’s Day June 8 at the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market.

Power of Produce
Farmers and kids connect through the Power of Produce.

The Power of Produce (P.O.P.) program rewards kids who complete several activities, giving them vouchers to buy fresh fruits and veggies from market vendors. Volunteer coordinator Peggy Castine said P.O.P. will continue monthly through October, concluding at the October 26 “Haunted Market”.

“We want to do more hands-on things with kids… shucking corn, pitting cherries,” Castine said. “What went over really well last year was making cauliflower rice. Any time you can give kids hands-on activities, they like it.”

A 10 a.m. cooking demo will feature Chef Brian Kanak and his son, Louque, and there will be free nature shows with Peter Schriemer, “America’s Nature Guy”, at 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Other kid-friendly activities include the Little Sprouts Corner hosted by the Farmington Community Library, and kids’ crafts with MSU Oakland County and the Farmington Glen Swim Club. Beaumont Health will also be on-site with practitioners promoting healthful activities.

“The Market has grown in many ways and none moreso than how abundantly involved the community is on Farmers Market Saturdays,” said Market Master Walt Gajewski. “There’s many reasons to have a farmers market and helping people make a difference may be the most impactful of all!”

Look for a full complement of vendors and the first Michigan strawberries of the season. The market is open 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion in downtown Farmington. Learn more at farmingtonfarmersmarket.com.