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Elko Farmer’s Market Adds Clubs for Kids and Walkers

elko_farmers_marketPEOPLE-SENTINEL
MAY 8, 2013
BY DAVID PURTELL

Elko Farmers Market reopens Saturday

New and old will come together when the Elko Farmers Market kicks off its 2013 season Saturday, May 11.

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be 26 vendors offering produce, plants, crafts and plenty of baked goods. Live music, free hayrides and a bouncy house for children will provide entertainment throughout the day.
After Saturday, the market’s regular hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday.

The market has begun a partnership with Barnwell County’s Eat Smart Move More chapter. In an email, market manager Jeanne Johnson said, “The market sees the opportunity to become a healthy resource for families in our area by providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, by offering healthy diet demonstrations and by creating recreational activities for young children to experience the joy and benefits of physical exercise.”

New to the market this year is a free Kid’s POP Club. POP stands for the Power of Produce. The club will offer children age 5 to 12 special activities over the summer to encourage healthier food choices and exercise. When club members come to the market they will be given a $2 token to spend on fruits, vegetables or food plants.

Registration for the club will begin May 11. The club will meet each Saturday at 10 a.m. at the market.

Another addition to the market this year is a walking club. Members will sign in at the market and then go for a walk at 9 a.m. Members who walk will have their names placed in a drawing for prices each week.
Registration for the walling club begins May 11 and the first day will be June 1. POP Club members, with supervision, can walk too.

The market will also have an “Over 50” table for produce coming from more than 50 miles away. The market traditionally offers produce grown within a 50 mile radius. But to provide more variety to shoppers, a table will have produce not being grown within that limit.

The market will have a new location right across Hwy. 78 from its previous spot. Johnson said she thinks this will help the market be more visible from the west.

Johnson said, “Our 2013 season has a number of new things we look forward to, yet, one thing will not change. This the fact that our farmers’ market remains a relaxing place to come, visit with the people that grow our food, see old friends and meet new ones; and most importantly, enjoy the lifestyle that’s present in our area of rural South Carolina.”