The Madison Farmers’ Market is proud to serve the communities of Madison-Anson and it’s surrounding rural villages. In an effort to reach more of that community and to further inspire enthusiasm for local foods and products, we’ve organized the following programs and outreach venues.
Beginning June 3rd children ages 2-12 can sign up at the market to receive their own “Passport” to the Madison Farmers’ Market. Each week the market will host a variety of themed activities geared toward engaging children and their families: crafts, games, taste-testing, hands-on learning activities, and special events. Every week the child comes to the market, he/she gets a stamp on his/her passport for every vendor they interact with. Children who attend a minimum of 10 markets will receive a $2 token which they can spend at any of the participating vendors to “purchase” a healthy treat of their own choosing. The program runs 15 weeks through summer vacation culminating on September 9th with the market’s 3rd annual Harvest Celebration. Participating children who come to the market on that day will receive a certificate of completion and their completed passport to take home with them.
Parents must sign a waiver acknowledging the child’s participation and the fact that this program is not child-care─children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while they are at the market. This waiver also gives permission for photos to be taken and shared on the market’s social media networks and website.
See our Events Page for details of our weekly themes that make the farmers’ market fun for kids of all ages!
Thanks to Our Sponsor!!!
The Madison Farmers’ Market’s Kid’s Club program is made possible by funds donated from Backyard Farms. Jim Darroch, Director of Marketing at Backyard Farms says:
Teaching children to develop healthy eating habits can be challenging for busy parents. Especially if their kids are picky eaters or reluctant to try new things. Not only does this passport idea make it fun for kids to try different fruits and vegetables, it makes it easier for Mom or Dad too.