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Power of Produce (POP) Clubs crop up at farmers markets

Want your kid to eat more fruits and veggies? Join the club — literally. In May of 2011, the Oregon City Farmers Market launched the Power of Produce Club to encourage youngsters' interests in farm-grown foods. POP Clubs have since cropped up across the U.S. and Canada, including this year at the Winooski and South Burlington farmers markets. Kids ages 5 to 12 can register for a Passport to Health and receive market tokens to purchase produce or plant starts. Each return trip to the market earns them a passport stamp and more tokens. Both markets also offer food-focused kids activities each week, from seed planting to cider pressing. Says the Winooski Farmers Market's Tana McCoy, "It's a great way to show kids where their food is coming from."

Power of Produce Club: Every Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Winooski Farmers Market and South Burlington Farmers Market. Visit downtownwinooski.org/farmers-market/pop-club or commonroots.org/programs/market.php, respectively, for details.

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