Youth up to age 18 can get free produce weekly

    The Power of Produce (PoP) Club kicks off at the Crookston Farmers Market this Thursday from 4-8 p.m. allowing kids ages 0-18 to get FREE fresh produce weekly. Kids can sign up the day of the event and they will receive a $2 voucher to spend on produce. Vouchers will be available weekly on Thursdays at the Downtown Square while supplies last.

    The PoP Club is an incentive program through the University of Minnesota Extension offered at farmers markets throughout the nation and this is the first time the Crookston Farmers Market has been awarded. Thief River Falls Farmers Market was also awarded for the first time and they ran out of produce the first day.

    SNAP-Ed Educator and U of M Extension employee Megan Hruby told the Times that 75 kids pre-registered for the PoP Club at the Farmers Market kickoff event on June 21.

    “Again we choose to open it to all youth in our community (0-18) just to increase family attendance,” Hruby told the Times. “Even though this program is for youth, parents will need to assist in some of the preparation and cooking of this produce that kids receive.”

    “Kids will learn through watching parents and this hopefully will become a normal behavior,” she added. “Research shows that children are more likely to consume fruits and vegetables if they have an adult who consumes them as well.”

    If you would like to donate to the Power of Produce Club, contact Megan Hruby at (218) 281-8688, (218) 230-0964, or jans0221@umn.edu.