Children voucher programs begin Saturday at the market

Lakeside Bakery creates various and unique baked goods including vegan and gluten-friendly baked goods. (Courtesy photo)

MARQUETTE — Children who attend the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market will receive a voucher to shop for their own produce through the Power of Produce program which starts Saturday and runs until Sept. 22.

Each Saturday, kids have the opportunity to taste new fruits and vegetables and receive $2 in vouchers to make their own choice of produce, meet the farmers and explore the market. Children ages 4 through 12 are invited to participate in the program. Coupons can be saved and combined for a later use as well.

Registration and check-in will be located at the PoP Club tent at the market. Questions about the program can be addressed to marketmanager@mqtfarmersmarket.com or 906-362-3276.

The program is sponsored by Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Orthodontics of Marquette, Lions Clubs of Ishpeming and Negaunee, ACHIEVE of Marquette County, Partridge Creek Farm and the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market.

“We are very grateful for our sponsors and are excited to bring this program to the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market,” said Market Manager Myra Zyburt.

The PoP program was developed by the University of Minnesota Extension and engages children at farmers markets, by empowering them to make healthy food choices. It aims to increase family participation at farmers markets, increases vendor revenue and helps shape healthier communities.

In addition to the 54 season vendors, the daily vendors at the market this weekend will be David and Susan Grimes, who will have wood tables, lamps, clothing racks along with paintings; Designs by Vonamae, who will have glass fused jewelry; Ronnie’s Art who will have original paintings and note cards; Aubrey Scott of Superior Environmental Consulting will have Upper Peninsula grown and seasonal produce; and Brice Sturmer and Paul Vafa of VeloDrome Coffee will have whole bean coffee, iced coffee and espresso based coffee beverages available.

End of the Road Winery of Germfask, who will have its popular fruit and cold climate red and white grape wines, will also be at the market Saturday, as well as: unique beeswax and bayberry candles made by Pea Pickle Farm; U.P. North Roast, who will have its freshly roasted coffee that’s sold as whole beans, ground and brewed; and Superior Culture, who specializes in kombucha, will have a variety of flavored and fermented beverages.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chris Valenti will entertain shoppers with live music and for those needing a midday snack, The Burger Bus will be serving fresh, farm-to-table burgers.

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is sponsored by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority and is held every Saturday until Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marquette Commons, located at 112 S. Third St. The goal of the farmers market is to support local farmers, growers, and artisans by making wholesome, quality food and goods available to the Marquette Community.

The market accepts cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Market FRESH, Senior Project FRESH and Hoophouses for Health.

For more information about the farmers market, visit mqtfarmersmarket.com.