The POP CLUB (Power Of Produce!)

YES,the POP Club continues in 2016!!!It’s free to join…just come and see us at the year-round market site, 2051 Kaen Rd, off Beavercreek Rd. The Winter Market runs every other Saturday, 10am-2pm through April 30th. Starting May 7th we run every Saturday, 9am-2pm through October.

 The Power Of Produce (POP) Club is a nationally recognized kids program started at the Oregon City Farmers Market in May 2011, to empower kids to make their own healthy food choices, introducing them to where their food comes from, and the seasonality of foods. They participate in value-creating activities too, including planting food, cooking demos, grinding wheat berries, produce scavenger hunts and much more. Watch it in action in  2014:   http://youtu.be/JkXZATbO3Pg

This program is now in many farmers markets across the US, in Canada and even markets in Australia are interested to start their own clubs. Every year we have approx. 1,500-1800 kids join the Power Of Produce Club at our year-round Market, resulting in over 5,000 kid shopping trips per year. We’re raising the next generation of Market shoppers and good food eaters!

HOW THE POP CLUB WORKS:    KIDS, between the ages of 5-12yrs :

  • Sign their “Passport To Health”. (We keep the Passports at the Market’s Info. Booth to track participation.)
  • Receive a POP reusable shopping bag.
  • Receive a POP Button.
  • Receive $2 EVERY time they come to market, in wooden tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables and food plants.(Only)
  • Participate in value-creating activities (POP CLUB FUN!) based around food, nutrition and food growing. At every summer Saturday Market you can find activities such as seed planting (beans, sunflowers, lettuce), salad-making, flour-grinding and pancake-making, freezer jam making, , jumping around with the Lions Club and much more. Fave Farmer Day is a special day! …the kids make buttons decorated with their fave fruit or veggies and pin it on their fave farmer. Cider Pressing takes place in October.
  • The USDA  posted about the POP Club on their blog, August 8th 2013 http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/08/08/farmers-markets-teaching-kids-where-food-comes-from/

Purple POP Club jpg

Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District has funded this seasons POP Club with help from the Oregon City Optimists Club, On Point Community Credit Union, Bob’s Red Mill...and the many who donate small amounts at the Market …keep it coming, we need constant support to keep the program going!
 Please note you can make a tax-deductable donation to the POP Club at the Market or if you would prefer to send in a donation to keep this fantastic healthy-eating club going please make your check out to OCFM and mail with your return address to PO Box 2931, Oregon City, Oregon, 97045. Please take the time to fill out a comment form about the program at the market! We would like to remind our sponsors how much value this program is creating. Thanks:)

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Josie loves her blackberries!

 

 

 

 

Laura’s Green Beans make things POP!

 

 

 

Larry and Laura Huckaba with Suzanne and POP Club member

 

 

 

 

9 Responses to The POP CLUB (Power Of Produce!)

  1. RICH GUNDERSON says:

    MY GRANDSON LEVI HAWKINS, LOVES YOUR “POP” PROGRAM. I LIKE HIM
    GETTING ENTHUSED ABOUT PLANTS TO GROW AND EATING MORE VEGETABLES.HE GOT HIS MOM A BEATIFUL POT OF EVERBEARING STRAW-
    BERRIES FOR MOTHERS DAY (FROM THE HANSEN FAMILY FARM)AND
    GOT TOMATOE PLANTS THIS LAST WEEK. THANK YOU JACKIE FOR HELPING
    PUT THE PROGRAM TOGETHER!

  2. Bonnie Roeder says:

    It was so cold last Saturday but we had lots of fun! It was nice to see so many families doing the Farmers Market thing together! I’ve encouraed Isaiah’s mom to bring him again tomorrow! I’m sure it will be a good experience for them, too. Hopefully it will be a bit warmer!

  3. My eldest son, Padraic (age 8), has been enjoying shopping at the OC farmers market with me for the past several years now. He has tons of fun trying out new varieties of veggies and fruits every year at market and he really enjoys talking with the farmers and vendors that he likes to frequent. When he heard about the POP Club starting up he was so very excited about it. These past few weeks it’s been fun for me to watch him make wise choices on how to spend, or save, his POP tokens. So far Padraic has bought a cherry tomato plant of his very own and several strawberry plants. Currently, he’s saving up his tokens until he’s got enough to buy a columnar apple tree. Either that or a few blueberry bushes; he can’t seem to decide. I love how he’s thinking about how to maximize the use of his money to get the most out of what he’s given. I want to thank Jackie and everyone at the OC FM, as well as Clackamas County, for making this POP Club possible, for however long it can last. It’s highly important to get our kids interested in healthy eating and living and interested in how and where food is grown.

    • Thanks for your comments and update! It has been so rewarding watching the kids come every week and to see what they are buying..and saving for. We are trying to keep it going as long as possible, the County has pledged some more funds, so it’s a big THANK YOU to them for sponsoring all this fun! Hopefully we are making memories for these kids so they grow up eating seasonally and healthy!

  4. Mary Kelly says:

    My boys are 2 1/2 and 4 1/2- can they participate in the POP program???

    • Kids ages 5-12 is what the program is designed for. Sadly we don’t have enough money to have it available for all ages and had to narrow it down. Hopefully we will have it again next year and then your eldest will be eligible!
      Cheers:)

  5. Tom says:

    How often do we see programs that effectively connect the next generation of consumers with where our food comes from and the people who produce it? This is a rare gift. Kudos!

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