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"Power of Produce" Program Aims to Teach Kids About Healthy Eating

May 31, 2017 07:33 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A new program at the Albert Lea Farmers Market is aiming to teach kids about where their food comes from and how to eat healthily.

The "Power of Produce" program first launched in Oregon in 2011 and gives kids a $2 token at each market which they can spend on any fruits or vegetables.

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The program is put on by Freeborn County 4H and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership of Freeborn County with the goal of exposing kids to new kinds of foods and connecting them with the farmers who grow their food.

"It's exposing them to those new foods, and there's a lot of different foods at farmers markets that some of those farmers are growing that kids may not know what it is," Megan Thorson, the Freeborn County 4H program coordinator, said.

Kids ages 4-12 are able to sign up for the program at the PoP booth at the farmers market.

The Albert Lea Farmers Market is held Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Fountain Street and North Broadway and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Northbridge Mall parking lot.


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