Kids Invited to Join the Cleve Cook Veggie Power Club at the Emporia Farmers Market
On Saturday, June 18, kids ages 4 to 13 are invited to the Emporia Farmers Market to join the Cleve Cook Veggie Power Club. The market starts at 8:00am and the activity for children will begin at 8:30am. Kids will have the opportunity to earn Cleve Cook Market Bucks when the participate in the two-bite club, taking two bites of produce fresh from market. There will be a scavenger hunt and kids will get to plant and take home their own honeydew melon.
The Cleve Cook Veggie Power Club is a farmers market-based youth program that seeks to teach children about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities. Participants will engage in the full farmers market experience, trying new foods, having conversations with farmers, and buying local produce. Monthly, a fun activity ranging from cooking demonstrations to farmers market scavenger hunts will provide nutrition, food, agriculture, and exercise education. Veggie Power kids are encouraged to try new foods and overcome picky eating to choose healthy food options. Club members are rewarded for taking two bites of the featured fruit or vegetable and will receive Cleve Cook Market Bucks to spend on the foods of their choice at the market.
Activities at the market will be led by Mandy Kern, market vendor and board member, and youth members of the Southern Lyon County FFA, a part of the National FFA Organization whose mission is “making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.” The Southern Lyon County FFA chapter will take the responsibility of planning club events and engaging with youth at the market.
Funds for the project come from the Emporia Lions Club and the Cleve Cook Fund. Cleve Cook was a life-long resident of the Emporia area and his entire career was dedicated to agricultural industry in Kansas. After retirement, Cleve grew a large summer garden and was a regular attendee of the Emporia Farmers Market. Cleve was 8 days short of his 101st birthday when he passed away in 2013.
More information about dates and activities of the Cleve Cook Veggie Power Club can be found at the market website, www.emporiafarmersmarket.org.