Belpre Elementary School students eat healthy, buy local at River City market

Photo by Michael Erb Marcus McCartney, extension educator for the OSU Washington County Extension Service, talks to Belpre Elementary summer school students Wednesday at the start of the pop-up River City Farmers Market.
Photo by Michael Erb Belpre Elementary School third-grader Kayden Cleveland samples fresh salsa and chips during the pop-up River City Farmers Market.
Photo by Michael Erb Belpre Elementary School first-grader Dylan Smith holds up a wooden coin while purchasing goods at the pop-up River City Farmers Market.
Photo by Michael Erb Belpre Elementary School first-grader Austin Braden strikes a pose during a yoga activity Wednesday at the pop-up River City Farmers Market.

BELPRE — Students at Belpre Elementary summer school sampled and purchased locally grown fruits and vegetables Wednesday as part of the pop-up River City Farmers Market.

Marcus McCartney, extension educator for the Ohio State University Washington County Extension Service, said the mobile farmers market gives students the chance to sample healthy foods and to learn about supporting local farmers.

“The goal is to influence further healthy consumers,” he said. “And hopefully when they eat healthy, they buy local.”

Several dozen kindergarten through third-graders received aprons, reusable bags, and were able to purchase foods using wooden coins. The market also featured informational booths and yoga activities.

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