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Frankenmuth Farmers Market begins free children's produce program

  The Frankenmuth Farmers Market's weekday Market is now running 3-7pm on Wednesdays through October 12.  Featuring a different mix of vendors than the 8am-2pm Saturday Markets, the Wednesday Markets are a quick, convenient after work stop to stock up on local produce and value-added items, particularly for those not in town on Saturdays.  
  Earlier this month, the Market celebrated a new program with a special check presentation at 5:30pm by the Mid-Michigan 100 Women Who Care.  This charitable-giving group is funding this opportunity for registered children to receive free produce coupled with educational outreach.   
  Inspired by the national Farmers Market Coalition, “The Power of Produce” (PoP) program engages children in their local food system by connecting with farmers, participating in games and demonstrations, and being exposed to buying and cooking fresh fruits and vegetables.  The Mid-Michigan 100 Women Who Care are contributing $10,000 to provide 200 children ages 5-12 a weekly $2 token, educational activity, t-shirt and re-usable shopping tote bag.  The $2 token is redeemable only for fresh fruits or vegetables by participating children, not accompanying adults.  The program runs Wednesdays July 6 through September 21.  Benefiting the entire region, PoP will serve the 200 first students to apply from Birch Run, Bridgeport, Frankenmuth, Frankentrost, Reese, Richville and Vassar school districts.  To register, email the child’s name, age, school, t-shirt size and parent name to ffmpresident@gmail.com, or sign up in person at the 3-7pm Wednesday Markets.  Currently, 100 students are registered.  

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