Powder Keg Farms presented its goods to children via the Kids Farmers Market at two schools in West Virginia’s Berkeley County this week. Also known as the “Kids Coupon” program, the Kids Farmers Market is a project from the WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program dedicated to supplying low income schools, child care centers and communities with access to fresh, local fruit and vegetables. The program has been funded through a grant from the Eye Foundation of America.
How it works: Markets are brought to different locations for easy accessibility and each child receives $4 in farmers market vouchers to purchase different produce from local farmers. Children and their families can sample the products, learn more about proper nutrition and get to go home with recipes, reusable shopping bags and small kitchen items. The market encourages children to try different fruits and vegetables and begin a healthy lifestyle from a young age.
Why is the Kids Farmers Market Important? West Virginia ranks first in obesity out of all 50 states and has a childhood obesity rate of over 16 percent in ages 2 to 4 and 35 percent in ages 10 to 17, according to the State of Obesity. According to a study by the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System, West Virginia ranks fourth in the nation for number of adults who eat less than one fruit or vegetable a day.
Results of the Kids Farmers Market
Over 5,400 children across the state in 30 counties have been provided with vouchers to shop at a farmers market. The Kids Farmers Markets have occurred at the following locations:
18 child care centers
9 community events
3 farmers markets
1 health center
1 summer feeding site
We loved meeting all the kids, and seeing them try new foods, identify plants and figure out how to spend their cash. What a worthwhile endeavor!
Information courtesy of WVU Extension Service.
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Jason Smith, baker extraordinaire and horticultural guru, to the PKF team. He’s lived in the area ten years, and his education and background includes molecular biology, botany and horticulture with a doctorate in the mix. He’s spent decades exploring food and baking. Now he’s bringing all that harmony to PKF as our baker (and CSAers are scoring a taste this week with his gorgeous and delicious cinnamon rolls!). He’s a welcome addition to our team.
P.S. We also scored a helpful industrial 20-quart mixer after we burned out the ones we had and overheated another making these melt-in-your-mouth sweet rolls, all thanks to a real group effort (but that’s how we...roll!).
P.S.S. CSA shareholders will see these cinnamon rolls more often on our available list. Woo-hoo!
#PKF #PKFCSA #eatyourcinnamonbuns #andyourveggies
Bhikkhu Jayasara (Bhante J) wrote about his time with Powder Keg Farms, Vassa, and our efforts to create new robes as part of monastic tradition. It’s a wonderful article with pictures that is worth the read. We are also delighted Bhante J will be back with us in March for 6 to 8 weeks!
Read the blog HERE.
Powder Keg Farms is pleased to participate in Mountaineer Community Health Center’s FARMacy Program. From July to October, we will be delivering 30 baskets of produce for the program to distribute.
We’ll also have a farm stand in their pavilion on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with our goods available for sale to the general public. The address is 783 Winchester Street in Paw Paw.
Come by and see us!
Powder Keg Farms is proud to be a part of the West Virginia Grown program. Farmer/producers may use the West Virginia Grown logo after they have qualified through the WV-Grown Authorization Program. The program assures a farm’s products are of the highest quality and meet the requirements of being a value added product. Value added products may be totally grown or produced in West Virginia (or may have at least 50 percent of the total value added by further processing).
We love our greens, and our customers do too! Watch this fun little video to see how we get them ready for eating.
Just some wholesome food-lovin’ farmers sharing about life on the farm.