INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis City Market has received a $2,000 grant from the Farmers’ Market Coalition to help teach children about nutritious foods and agricultural sustainability.
Each Wednesday in August during the Original Farmers Market, children of all ages will be able to participate in a series of activities ranging from food tastings to farmers’ market scavenger hunts. They will be encouraged to try new foods, talk with local farmers and buy fresh produce. It's all an effort to teaching the benefits of healthy food options.
Children who sign up for the Power of Produce Club will get $5 vouchers each week. Those vouchers will be accepted by all Original Farmers’ Market vendors, allowing the children to purchase their own batch of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Stevi Stoesz, City Market’s executive director and founder of the Original Farmers’ Market, said the program will have long-term benefits.
“Reaching kids to teach them about healthy, nutritious food products that are locally grown and produced will impact our local food systems and produce healthier adults in future years -- not to mention bolster our local economies and foster sustainability,” she said.
The Power of Produce Club coincides with National Farmers Market Week, a week-long national celebration dedicated to showcasing the positive effects farmers’ markets have on health, wealth and the community.