The 124 Grand Market is so excited to announce the launch of our new program Little Beans, beginning June 4, 2015! Inspired by the nationally-recognized POP (Power of Produce) Club at the Oregon City Farmers’Market and SPROUTS Kids Club at South West Edmonton Farmers Market. Little Beans aims to encourage healthy nutrition and conscientious consumer habits for children ages 4-12.
The Program Goals
Starting in June, parents can sign their children up for the Little Beans program at the *Information Tent* on Thursday evenings. Once signed up, each child will receive a token to exchange for a produce item or food plant of their choice from a number of participating vendors. The first 150 children who sign-up will be able to participate weekly in the program for its inaugural year in 2015.
Little Beans will eventually extend beyond the weekly farmers’ market experience. Membership to the program will include access to the Grand Gardens Community Garden once it is launched late summer 2015 and will be an integral part of the program in 2016. A designated raised bed for the Little Beans program will provide a learning garden where Little Beans will help grow a variety of vegetables and plants. This aspect of the program will connect the children to how their food is grown and illuminate all the interesting steps between farm and table.
Additionally, Little Beans will be offering workshops and other programming at Grand Gardens, covering a range of topics pertaining to food growing, composting, healthy living, and environmental stewardship.
How It Works
Little Beans is a free, interactive and educational program that engages children and families with their farmer, the story of their food, and ultimately promotes healthy living.
Each week, kids will receive a Little Beans Market Token, which will allow that child to exchange the token for a selection of produce or plants from participating market vendors. The vendors will be reimbursed for the value of each Little Beans purchase.
How You Can Help
Download our Little Beans Sponsorship Package HERE!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can help grow your our Little Beans and we hope to see you out with the kiddlets this week and each Thursday at the 124 Grand Market supporting our local farmers!