Sponsored: POP returns to Farmington market during Farmers Market Week

The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market will celebrate National Farmers Market Week August 11, with the return of the Power of Produce (POP) program for kids, the annual Little Princess Ballet, live entertainment, and more.

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

POP launched in July; the program encourages kids to eat more healthful foods with POP bucks that they earn through special activities and can spend with market growers. Kids ages 6-12 get to know their farmers, where food comes from, when locally grown food is available in season, and more.

Held on the second Saturday of each month, POP is funded with a Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families grant, with matching funds provided by Judge Asset Management, Peterlin’s Restaurant, local Realtor Erika Skrabut, and Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills. Read more: NEW PROGRAM FOR KIDS GIVES FARMINGTON MARKET POP

Saturday marks the half-way point for the 2018 season at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion and Riley Park in downtown Farmington. The market is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and here’s this week’s line-up:

9 a.m. Join Wellness coach Sanda Hartway on a spirited, up-tempo fit walk, with a few simple, fun exercises along the way. Meet at the compass rose in Riley Park. Wear comfortable shoes.

9 a.m. Little Sprouts Kids Corner hosted by Mayfair Preschool

10 a.m. Little Princess Ballet in Riley Park sponsored by Mid American Fitness

10 a.m. Live entertainment with Gia Warner

10:30 a.m. Ventriloquist team of Boytoe and Lazarreth perform

11 a.m. Cooking demo featuring Chef Jeff Rose from CAYA (Come As You Are) Smokehouse & Grille, Wolverine Lake

Market-goers can also get a free, jute market bag by spending $20 at downtown shops on market Saturdays and bringing their receipts to the Information Booth on the south side of the pavilion. Learn more at farmingtonfarmersmarket.com.