EVENTS & PROGRAMS
Our goal is to create a dynamic family and community-oriented market. To support this, we’ve set aside space that can be reserved by community non-profits for providing demonstrations or information that might be of interest to customers. We facilitate the collection of excess produce and other market products to be distributed within the food pantry system. We work with area businesses and community groups to provide services that benefit the operation of our markets.Throughout the height of the market season, we have regularly scheduled programs designed to educate or enhance the market experience for shoppers of all ages.
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POWER OF PRODUCE CLUB
The Power of Produce Club or “PoP Club”, is a fun-filled farmers market activity for children. PoP Club is offered at the Wednesday Market, weekly through early August, while schools are on summer break. Geared for children ages 3-10, kids of all ages are welcome.
At PoP Club, we make food fun. Kids do activities or crafts related to food and farming. Some weeks we play in our food – painting with it or turning it into silly faces. Other weeks, we make origami veggies, plant pumpkin seedlings, or learn about bees, pollination and more.
We introduce kids to fresh seasonal produce. They’ll taste or explore a fruit or vegetable each week. They’ll learn about ground cherries, yellow watermelon, and that kohlrabi is cool.
We empower kids to make healthy food choices. Each child that participates gets $2 in market tokens to shop and choose their own produce.
PoP Club is a great way for families to learn about eating seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, benefits farmers when our youngest shoppers buy directly from them, and creates a more vibrant community-oriented market. It’s a win-win.
Although PoP Club has ended for this season, we will return in June with a great new line up of fun activities. Plan to join the fun!
MASTER FOOD VOLUNTEERS
It’s always a good idea to stop by the Community Cooks Tent when Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and the Master Food Volunteers are set up. VCE provides research-based programs to the community on nutrition, food preservation, food safety, and physical activity. At the market, they bring free information and recipes, do demonstrations, and often will have a delicious taste testing of fresh seasonal produce. It’s a great place to get some of your food questions answered.
During late spring and summer, visit the Master Gardeners' booth at the Saturday market and get your gardening questions answered. The Master Gardener team of experts is available to help you identify various plants, insects and diseases, as well as provide information on gardening, lawns and pruning.
The Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area is affiliated with Virginia Tech and Virginia State University through its sponsoring organization, the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners are members of the local community who pledge to volunteer to educate the public about horticultural and environmental-related information.
Thanks to the following organizations for their support of the market during the 2019 season:
Boy Scouts Troop 847
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Doctor Yum Project
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Health Team
Stone Soup Village Kitchen
The Brisben Center
The Salvation Army
Virginia Community Food Connections
Virginia Cooperative Extension and
the Master Food Volunteers
University of Mary Washington Interns