The Power of Produce (POP) Club is a weekly kids program run by CCE Essex at the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake farmers’ markets. The goal of the club is to engage kids with fun activities while also teaching them about local food, science, and agriculture. Ultimately, we hope kids leave excited about produce and open to trying new foods, as well as with a sense of appreciation for where food comes from. Already in the two weeks that we’ve hosted the POP Club, children have shown excitement about vegetables and have even purchased radishes, salad turnips, and onions with their five dollars. Nothing could beat the sight at the Lake Placid market of two young brothers strolling about the market with carrot and bell pepper hats atop their heads. “Make sure the farmers don’t try to pick you” I joked as I handed them their $5 to spend. They returned with big smiles, costumes still on, and greens in their hands.
In the following weeks, we hope to see returning faces eager to try new foods, learn new lessons, and engage in the fun activities we have planned. Already we’ve been encouraged by three sisters who visited us at the Lake Placid market after attending the Saranac Lake market just a few days prior. Apparently, they begged their parents to be able to come, and they ran up to our table at the start of the market, their passports waving in their hands. “We could stay here all day!” the oldest sister exclaimed. To be able to foster such enthusiasm so early is amazing and we can’t wait to see what fun the rest of the market season brings!
Join the Power of Produce Club!
Every week, anytime during market hours at:
Lake Placid Farmers’ Market: Wednesday’s 10am-2pm, at the Green Goddess Parking Lot
Saranac Lake Farmers’ Market: Saturday’s 9am-1pm, at Riverside Park
Follow the weekly activities on the CCE Essex Facebook page.