The Goodview Farmers Market kicked off its second season (first full season) on Thursday, May 3, and it started off strong. The market welcomed approximately 150 customers; many were families who biked to the event. In 2017, the market hosted six vendors. In 2018, 17 have applied so far and five more are expected later this growing season.
A new, fun, and free program that is already drawing interest while increasing access to healthy foods is the Power of Produce (PoP) Club. Thanks to funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), children ages four through 12 receive a reusable shopping bag and a token valued at $2 to be spent (by kids) on fresh produce. Kids receive their token once per market and have the choice to spend it that day on fresh, locally grown produce, or save it for a future market. Forty-one kids registered for the PoP Club at the market kick off and 59 more at the next market, which had one customer very excited. “It’s great that Goodview is offering a farmers market. We need something like this in this area. My kids are so excited for the Power of Produce Club – they can’t wait to come back,” she said.
The farmers market runs every Thursday through October from 3-6:30 p.m. in the Elks Lodge parking lot, 4540 Service Drive, Goodview. Register for the PoP Club at the market information table.