As of Tuesday, July 7, 2015
GRANGEVILLE – What do Grangeville Farmers Market and kids have in common?
Thanks to a Grangeville Community Foundation grant and hours of volunteer work, the Grangeville Farmers Market (GFM) will offer a special kids program at the market this year.
Grub Club is for kids ages 5-12, and will include a variety of activities that will run through the duration of the market. There is no cost to families to attend.
“I’m really excited about this,” said GFM volunteer children’s program coordinator Elissa Crowell. “There has been a great response from the community and we hope that many children attend.”
The market will run Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 11 through Sept. 19 at Pioneer Park. The Grub Club will start at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday and kids can participate in a craft activity for 15-20 minutes while their parents shop.
“Each child will receive a reusable GFM shopping bag the first time they attend, and each week they will be given two marker tokens good for $1 each to spend on fresh fruit, vegetables or plants at the market,” Crowell explained. Kids can spend their tokens each week or save them up to use on a different Saturday, she added.
Activities will vary each week and will include programs based around growing food and staying active.
Crowell and her husband, Brian, who is employed at North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood, have four children ages 11 and younger. They moved to Grangeville from the Boise area just more than a year ago.
“I loved the farmers’ market in Boise and wanted to get involved with one as soon as we moved here,” Crowell explained.
Since their family eats a mainly vegetarian diet, Crowell said, she finds it very important to find local, fresh produce.
“I want to find quality items, and I love that connection between the consumer and the grower,” she said. “It can also be very expensive to purchase fresh produce but at farmers markets you often have a chance to buy smaller quantities and help your friends and neighbors at the same time.”
The Grub Club is modeled after the nationally recognized Power of Produce (POP) Club that began at the Oregon City Farmers’ Market in 2011. Local residents can help through material donations, monetary donations for tokens, instructing weekly activities in planting, crafts and physical wellness, or in other ways at each Saturday’s event.
“I hope by kids becoming involved in the process of shopping and deciding for themselves, they will grow to see the value in a farmers’ market and become lifelong supporters,” Crowell emphasized.
Crowell is also in charge of vendor applications for the market and said she hopes more local people sign up to participate.
“We’re very lucky here – there are not all the rules and regulations there are such as at the Boise market, but we need more people to join,” she said. “Vendors are welcome to get a hold of me for details.”
GFM is in its 10th year. To help or for questions call Crowell at 451-4217 or Michelle Perdue at 983-3763. Like the “Grangeville Idaho Farmers’ Market” page to receive updates on markets and other events.