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Salmon Creek Farmers Market makes kids into Produce Pals

A new program at the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market gives Clark County kids tokens worth $2 to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from vendors. The program is open to kids of all ages. What: Produce Pals program gives Clark County kids of all ages $2 to buy produce.When: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 26.Where: Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market, 1309 N.E. 134th St., behind Wayside Market.Four-year-old Ava Bond didn’t waste much time deciding how to spend her money at the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market.As she walked up to a table full of fruits and veggies, her eyes locked on the plump yellow and red cherries. She pointed at the mound of cherries and smiled at her mom, Alexis Bond.After dropping a couple child-sized handfuls of cherries into a plastic bag, Ava picked out a ripe red tomato and three ears of corn.At the register, Ava handed over two wooden tokens to pay the $4 grocery bill. Thursday’s visit was the second time Ava, Alexis and 1-year-old Sawyer had visited the Salmon Creek market to take advantage of a new program just for kids, called Produce Pals.The weekly program gives each child a token worth $2. They can use the tokens to purchase fruits and vegetables from any vendor at the market. At the end of the day, the market reimburses the vendors.The free program is open to all children, toddlers to teens, regardless of income level. Each child gets a membership card, which gets stamped each week they collect a token. The kids also get their own grocery bag decorated with stickers. read more

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