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This Saturday, the Madison Cooperative Extension Service will be at the Berea Farmers Market and Madison County Farmers Market for Power of Produce. The event features samples and giveaways along with the chance to learn about locally grown produce.
Amanda Sears, Madison County Extension Agent for Horticulture, provides more details.
1 What is Power of Produce?
The Power of Produce event is a program being held at both farmers markets in the county this Saturday. It is meant to encourage kids to eat more vegetables as well as highlight the great farmers markets we have in the county.
2 Why is an event like this important?
Healthy eating is not something we are all good at! And it is sometimes hard to introduce kids to new vegetables. I remember when I was a kid that I was not always excited to eat my veggies. This program encourages kids to try something new, and by doing so, they earn vouchers to be used at the market that day.
3 How can kids earn vouchers to be used at the market?
Kids ages 4-18 can try a "hello" bite of a vegetable and earn a $2 voucher. If they do a gardening activity, they will earn another $2 voucher. If they do both, they will earn a Power of Produce T-shirt (while supplies last). The vouchers must be used at the market that day for produce only.
4 Where is this taking place?
Both farmers markets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The Madison County Farmers Market will be at the Lowe's Parking Lot in Richmond and Berea Farmers Market is at 416 Chestnut Street, Berea.
5 Is there anything going on for adults?
There is definitely stuff for the adults too! We will have a great sample of a dish featuring locally grown produce as well as recipes and free kitchen and gardening items. (While supplies last)
Five more for the weekend, week ahead:
• Crossroads Summer Music Series, Friday, June 7, 7 p.m., Richmond Centre fountain. This week's performance is by Frontier, soft rock and classic country. The series continues throughout the summer, every Friday night.
• The 2nd Annual Larry J. Smith Memorial Car Show will be on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Renfro's Collision, 301 Richmond Rd N., Berea. The show is to honor a man dearly loved. There will be dash plaques, trophies, t-shirts, and door prizes. All proceeds will be donated to Hospice.
• Berea Garden Tour, Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 444 Chestnut St., Berea. Five private gardens and two community gardens will open their gates to visitors. Favorites from previous years include the gardens of Mary Startzman, Katie Heckman, and David Saladino featuring the ever-evolving changes made to their gardens during the past three years. Featured for the first time this year are the gardens of Victoria Faoro and Jamie Jones, next door neighbors whose gardening styles beautifully complement each other. Also featured are the Berea Urban Garden/Sustainable Berea and the Glades Community Garden for a view of what community can build.
• Moonlight Market is set to debut Saturday, June 8, 6-10 p.m., College Square in Berea. The event is a new night market featuring live music, food trucks, a curated outdoor market and drinks on the Boone Tavern patio. The event is free of charge and family friendly. About 20 craft vendors will be featured, as well as several local businesses. Live music will be provided by local musician Laura Bost, and also Lexington-based band Buck the Taxidermist. Full details are available at www.boonetavernhotel.com. Local residents are advised that some streets near Boone Tavern will be closed for the event starting at 4 p.m., including Short St, and a portion of Jackson St (near Body Mind Sol Yoga Studio). Attendees can utilize Berea College parking areas for this event, as well as the Boone Tavern parking lot accessed via Prospect Street. With rain in the forecast, attendees are asked to check the Facebook event page for updates. If there are storms, the Market might be canceled.
• An Evening For Hope benefitting Hope's Wings Domestic Violence Program, Saturday, June 8, 6:30 p.m., Chenault Vineyards. The event features a Tex-Mex dinner and cocktails plus Restless Heart in concert. Tickets are available hopeswings.com and the Richmond Chamber.
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