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What is the Power of Produce?

            If you are a fan of fresh produce you have probably visited the Farmer’s Market at Festhalle Market Platz in the Warehouse District of Cullman. From April to October, the market bodes the freshest fruits and vegetables you can find. But, are there some fresh ingredients that you aren’t sure how to prepare? Or, are there certain foods that your children refuse to eat? Luckily, the Power of Produce (POP) program is back for the 2017 market season to try and help to convert your picky eaters! So, what exactly is the POP program?
            POP is targeted toward children ages 12 and under and their parents. It is a produce tasting program designed to make it easier for kids and adults to try new, healthy foods. Sometimes, it is not the kids that are picky and unwilling to try new foods, it’s the parents. This program presents the opportunity to step out and try new foods, by sampling recipes that feature these fruits and vegetables. The program not only allows the sampling of the produce by itself, but recipes that feature these foods. Upon sampling the recipes, participants ages 12 and under are given $2 vouchers to use at the market to purchase local produce. These vouchers can be used to purchased special $2 items set aside for kids, or they can be used toward the purchase of an item exceeding $2. The only catch is that the items being purchased must be fruits or vegetables!

            So, if you have children or grandchildren under the age of 12, bring them to the Farmer’s Market at Festhalle Market Platz every Saturday from now through October! There will be games and activities set up for them to enjoy while you take time to shop! Representatives from the North Alabama Agriplex, Cullman Parks and Recreation, Cullman County Master Gardeners, and the Cullman County Extension Office share the responsibilities of the program. These organizations are working together to educate the next generation on the importance of supporting local farmers and developing healthy, well-rounded eating habits.

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