Music & Kids POP Club
The St. Johns Farmers Market is a fun and vibrant neighborhood event! Each week, we bring in fun musical performances and kid’s activities for our market goers.
Music at the Market
We typically schedule 2 musical acts per market day - one from 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and one from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. If you or someone you know might be interested in playing at the Farmers Market, send an email to Tim Scotten at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include examples of your music, especially if you have never played at our market before.
Power of Produce (POP) Club
We run the state-wide POP Club program at our Farmers Market. Each week, we have a different activity set up at the POP Club booth where kids can learn a bit more about local food systems and receive a $2 ticket to purchase fresh fruits and veggies (for the first 20 kids each week, ages 5-12).
POP started in May 2011 at the Oregon City Farmers Market. It was created by the market manager, Jackie Hammond-Williams in response to a grant offered by Clackamas County for programs that improve the community’s health. The POP Club brought together families and farmers around fresh produce at farmers markets. The program’s mission was three-fold: (1) Empower children to make healthy food choices (2) Strengthen and sustain healthy communities through supporting farmers and cultivating future farmers market supporters (3) Expand farmers markets from a retail location into a place where children can try new foods and learn about healthy eating.
POP empowers children ages five through twelve to make healthy food choices by offering educational activities, cooking demonstrations, and food sampling, in addition to providing each child with at least two dollars in market currency to spend on fresh produce. This incentive provided an effective way for children to engage in the local food system through conversations with farmers, buying local, and understanding the importance of healthy food choices.
Host the POP Club Booth for a Day
Are you an organization or preschool interested in hosting the POP Club booth for a day? We’d love to partner with you!
We ask that hosts create some sort of activity, project, or lesson for the day. This can be as simple as a cooking demo, play-dough making lesson, gardening worksheet, making bird feeders, etc. The lessons must align with a farmers market values such as farming, home gardening, sustainability, nutrition, or healthy lifestyles. Here are our guidelines:
Hosts must commit to being available for full market hours: fully set-up display by 9 a.m. and begin tear-down at 2 p.m.
We will provide a 10X10 tent, an 8’ table (and table cloth) and 2 chairs. Hosts are in charge of bringing all brochures/flyers/posters and supplies needed for the activity you wish to facilitate.
If hosts needs to cancel for any reason, we request a 72 hours notice so that we can offer the space to another community group.
The booth must be used for outreach on topics of public interest and for public education. No items or memberships can be sold directly at the booth. However, you can direct participants to an offsite location for registration at the school. Email sign ups are fine.
All participants must comply with all general market policies and procedures.
Groups hosting the booth must agree to our non-discrimination policy.
Hosts must commit to distributing the $2 vouchers (which we supply), to the first 20 kids who participate in the activity.