New program for kids gives Farmington Market POP

With a kickstart from the Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families, the Farmington Farmers Market will add a new children’s program to its community outreach.

Power of Produce (POP) helps kids ages 6-12 get to know their farmers, where food comes from, when locally grown food is available in season, and more. The nationwide program will happen on the second Saturday of each month, starting July 14.

Participants will receive $3 tokens to shop the market, engaging with farmers and market volunteers and finding friendly recipe ideas while they search the market for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Matching funds were provided by Judge Asset Management, Peterlin’s Restaurant, local Realtor Erika Skrabut, and Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills.

“I am so grateful for the generosity of our benefactors who reached out with open arms,” Market Master Walt Gajewski said. “We are going to make this informative, nutritious and fun. I will be working with the Friends of the Market volunteers and our farmers to make this work for our little market shoppers. Right now, we have more questions than answers, but ultimately, I see this as a new chapter to Saturday life in a healthy Michigan town.”

The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market, located at the corner of Grand River and Grove Street in downtown Farmington, is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 27.

To learn more, visit farmingtonfarmersmarket.com.