Providing you with an enjoyable food shopping experience is just part of what we do. Our programs and services are designed to engage and inform market shoppers of all ages, to educate and inspire consumers, to protect the environment, and to combat hunger in our local community.
Our card services program adds convenience for shoppers, increases sales for farmers, and improves access to healthy, affordable foods for the entire community. If you get to the market without enough cash to buy everything you want, we can solve that problem! Visit us at the Information Table to swipe your debit card or SNAP/EBT food benefit card. We’ll give you wooden tokens to spend while you’re shopping. Cash is universally accepted, and some vendors will accept personal checks and credit/debit cards.
Our Power of Produce Kid’s Club provides children with a free food-related learning activity every Saturday morning. Upon completing the activity, each child receives a $2 token that they can spend on fresh fruits & vegetables or food-bearing plants. POP Club teaches kids where their food comes from, empowers them to make healthy food-buying decisions, and makes market shopping a fun experience for the entire family.
Our Saturday cooking demonstrations help you learn how to prepare delicious recipes using seasonal products available at the market. Experts like Extension Agents, Master Gardeners, and Extension & Community Association members are frequently on hand. Visit their tables for answers to your questions on vegetable gardening, landscape maintenance, food preservation, and other topics of interest.
You can help us combat hunger in our local community. Each Saturday, volunteers’ man our Farmer Foodshare® Donation Station, gathering fresh food for donation to various agencies that fight hunger in Cleveland County. You can bring surplus from your vegetable garden, buy food from farmers and donate it, or give cash that volunteers use to buy food. Many of our farmers donate surplus food at the end of the market days, which ensures that nothing goes to waste.
Want to make a difference for our environment and help a local cause at the same time? Pick up an empty bucket from the Compost Collective volunteers at a Saturday market, take it home and fill it with your food scraps and coffee grounds, bring it back to the market, and swap it for a fresh, clean bucket. The Compost Collective volunteers will turn your waste into beautiful compost to use in their community garden. Win-win? Absolutely!
Have a group that would like to visit the market? We’d love to arrange a tour for you. Each year, many schools, summer camp, daycare, assisted living, and civic groups visit our market. Please contact us to make arrangements! Depending on the size and nature of the groups, we can tailor the visit for your needs.