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Pop-up market encourages kids to eat healthy

Jefferson Elementary Center first-grader Kash’mere Felder picks out a red pepper during Monday’s WVU Extension Service Pop-up Farmers Market. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Students at Jefferson Elementary Center and Madison Elementary school had the opportunity to buy fresh produce thanks to the WVU Extension Service’s Pop-Up Farmers Market on Monday.

Funded by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, the market is made available through the extension service’s Family Nutrition Program.

The program is dedicated to supplying low-income schools, child care centers, and communities with access to fresh local fruit and vegetables.

Each student was able to purchase $4 of produce to take home, with most items costing $1.

Students had the choice from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including peppers, cucumbers, green beans, and tomatoes.

Jefferson Elementary Center first-grader Mya Jones looks over a table of produce Monday during the WVU Extension Service’s Pop-up Farmers Market. (Photo Provided)

They can also sample the products, learn more about proper nutrition, recipes, reusable shopping, and small kitchen items.

The market encourages children to try different fruits and vegetables and begin a healthy lifestyle at a young age. Both markets wrapped up Monday but more events are planned at Wood County schools.

Contact Tyler Bennett at tbennett@newsandsentinel.com

A row of bags await Jefferson Elementary Center students Monday during the WVU Extension Service Pop-up Farmers Market. (Photo Provided)

Jefferson Elementary Center first-grader Noah Walters looks at a bag of cherry tomatoes Monday during the WVU Extension Service’s Pop-up Farmers Market. (Photo Provided)

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