PoP Club Activities at the Market

Primary LogoHere’s a list of our summer 2021 market activities for our PoP Club families.

June

  • 2nd – Seed Planting Kit, Asparagus Recipe and Asparagus Coloring Page
  • 9th – Fruit and Vegetable Crossword and Granny’s Soup Coloring Page
  • 16th – Why Do We Need Bee’s? Read the Book and Take Home a Coloring/Puzzle Page
  • 23rd – Healthy Maze and “Food from Plants” Word Search
  • 30th – Play the Game “Is that a Vegetable?”

July

  • 7th – Play the Game “How and Where Does it Grow?”
  • 14th – Draw a Flower or Veggie then Make a Seed Art Picture
  • 21st – Make a Clothespin Carrot and Find a Way Through the Carrot Maze
  • 28th – Play the Game “Is it a Fruit or a Vegetable?”

August

  • 4th – States Known for Super Foods Crossword Puzzle and “Does it Grow in Minnesota?”
  • 11th – Paint a Garden Rock
  • 18th – Scavenger Hunt and Vegetable Word Search
  • 25th – Make a Thank You Card for Favorite Farmer and Get a Pencil for Back to School

2021 Opening Day is June 2nd

IG Post Fennel CountdownPRESS RELEASE:  The Bongards Farmers Market will open for the season on June 2nd.  Vegetable growers are busy planting, and some early crops are ready by now. Some of your favorite growers from last year will be at the Bongards Market again (Akerberg Acres, Nurturing Natural Living, Tom Casey, and Bear Country Blooms). For the first week, we expect to see early offerings of asparagus, rhubarb, maybe some radishes, green onions, and spinach if weather continues to cooperate. There are sure to be some bedding plants (tomatoes, herbs, and peppers) as well. In the past,  growers have brought raspberry and strawberry plants, too.  Local maple syrup, honey, and poultry eggs will also be available.

We are excited to again be able to sponsor and host the Power of Produce Club for children ages 4 to 12. Each week the PoP kids will receive a $2 Token to purchase their choice of fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, or food-bearing plants. Special PoP club kids activities will also be returning.  This year, we will have take home activities for the month of June. We will begin on June 2nd with a Yardlong Bean Egg Carton Seed Starting Kit. This kit contains seeds, soil, directions, and all you need to start growing your own Yardlong Green Beans. So, stop by the PoP Booth on our first Market day to get signed up, get your $2 Token and your Yardlong Green Bean Kit!  We also have a new Facebook Group where activities will also be posted and shared.

New at the market this year, we are introducing PoP Plus, a Power of Produce program designed for adults aged 65 and over. PoP Plus participants will also receive a $2 token each week to spend on fresh fruits, vegetables, and/or plants that produce edibles. Stop by the PoP Booth at the Market to get signed up and start saving on fresh fruits and vegetables!

We are pleased that Fatbellies BBQ will be back with their pulled pork and ribs, starting on June 9th. To satisfy our sweet and salty snacking cravings, Three Mad Poppers will be selling their various flavors of gourmet popcorn. Cottage Foods (home baked pies, cookies, breads, jams, jellies, pickles, and salsas) will be available from several of your favorite vendors (Akerberg Acres, Nurturing Natural Living, Tom Casey, 4MamaBearMade, JJ’s Red Head Salsa).  

Also, craft vendors are welcome back this year, so come look what they have been crafting during the past year.  We are also welcoming new vendors to join our community.  More information can be found on our website regarding requirements and and application.  A booth space is $10/week or $100/season. 

Be sure to check out our Vendor Listing as we will anticipate updates throughout the season. 

You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

New for 2021 Season – PoP Club Plus!

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PRESS RELEASE:  The Bongards Farmers Market, a fellowship and mission program of St. John’s United Church of Christ, is introducing a new free program: Power of Produce (PoP) Plus!

This program was created at the Oregon City, Oregon, farmers market in 2011. Due to its success, it has spread to farmers markets all over the nation. The PoP Club for youth has been in Minnesota since 2014 and is growing to markets around the state. Bongards Market has been participating in the Power of Produce program for youth since 2017.

Just like the youth participants, each adult age 65 and older participant will sign up and receive a $2 market token to be spent on fresh produce. Participants will receive their token once per market. They can choose to spend it on their own $2 selection of fresh, locally grown produce, or save their token for a future market.

The goal of the Power of Produce (PoP) is to empower participants to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. The program offers an incentive for participants to explore the farmers market and learn about the different varieties of fruits and vegetables, while also learning about how food is grown, by connecting them with local farmers.

Beginning June 2 and running through September participants are welcome to visit the farmers market and join the PoP Plus! Registration and check-in will be located at the designated PoP desk at the market. More information about the program can be found on the Bongards Market website or on our Facebook page.

We hope to see you at the market!

Pep In Your Step!

IG Post Pep In Your StepOur 2021 market season is scheduled to kick off on Wednesday, June 2nd at 3pm.  We have already confirmed several vendors and will spotlight them in the coming weeks leading up to the market.  Check out our list here!

There is still time to register and become a new Vendor.  Click here for vendor registration information.

The Bongards Farmers Market is celebrating it’s 9th year!  Become part of a growing community and volunteer at the market as a helper.  We’re looking for folks that would like volunteer along side our market team, assisting vendors with setting up at the start of the market and assisting vendors with packing up at the end of the market.  Must be 18 years of age.  Send us an email if you’re interested!

Get bready for the market!

IG Post Bready for the MarketOur 2021 market season is scheduled to kick off on Wednesday, June 2nd at 3pm.  We have already confirmed several vendors and will spotlight them in the coming weeks leading up to the market.  Check out our list here!

There is still time to register and become a new Vendor.  Click here for vendor registration information.

The Bongards Farmers Market is celebrating it’s 9th year!  Become part of a growing community and volunteer at the market as a helper.  We’re looking for folks that would like volunteer along side our market team, assisting vendors with setting up at the start of the market and assisting vendors with packing up at the end of the market.  Must be 18 years of age.  Send us an email if you’re interested!

It’s almost Market Season

IG Post Market CalendarOur 2021 market season is scheduled to kick off on Wednesday, June 2nd at 3pm.  We have already confirmed several vendors and will spotlight them in the coming weeks leading up to the market.  Check out our list here!

There is still time to register and become a new Vendor.  Click here for vendor registration information.

The Bongards Farmers Market is celebrating it’s 9th year!  Become part of a growing community and volunteer at the market as a helper.  We’re looking for folks that would like volunteer along side our market team, assisting vendors with setting up at the start of the market and assisting vendors with packing up at the end of the market.  Must be 18 years of age.  Send us an email if you’re interested!

COVID-19 Response Plan Updated

COVID19 Response Plan – April 2021

Farmers Markets are a Source of Healthy, Safe Food for Your Family!

The Bongards Farmers Market Team continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 health crisis, seeking guidance from our partners at Carver County Public Health, the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association, and adopting best practices from markets in Minnesota and across the country.  Governor Tim Walz has recognized farmers markets as essential public institutions that serve the public with fresh, nutrient-dense foods.

The health and safety of our vendors, customers, and volunteers is the market’s top concern.  In these unique times, the market will operate as a food store, not a social gathering.  Social distancing will be enforced, and customers will be encouraged to get in, get the goodies, and go home.

We are taking the following steps to keep our customers, vendors, and volunteers safe and healthy:

  1. All customers, volunteers, and vendors should stay home if they feel sick or if a member of their family is not feeling well.
  2. Public hand washing stations and hand sanitizer will be available.  Shoppers will be encouraged to use these upon entry and exit from the market (and as often as you like in between.)
  3. Vendor booths will be spaced farther apart to avoid crowding. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture requires a 12-foot spacing between vendor stalls to allow for social distancing.
  4. Placement of an empty table in front of where purchases are made, and money is exchanged will aid in maintaining 6 feet of social distancing between shopper and vendor. (As noted below vendors must wear a mask if social distancing cannot be maintained.)
  5. For now, the market will be a shopping destination, not a social gathering. As our market is an outdoor market there are no capacity limits if 6-foot social distancing can be maintained.
    • Shoppers do not have to wear masks but must maintain 6-foot social distancing.
    • Workers (vendors, market staff, volunteers) only need to wear masks if 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.
  1. Food vendors are allowed with all ready-to-eat food and drink packaged “to go.”
  2. Non-food vendors such as craft vendors are welcome to sell at our market this year.
  3. Because Bongards Market is not considered a VENUE, which would require implementation of further precautions, (face masks required by all, capacity limits, etc.,) activities which fall under the definition of VENUE activities are not allowed. These activities include:
  4. Onsite food consumption, including food sampling, will not be allowed.
  5. Live music and other entertainment are not allowed.
  6. Cooking demonstrations are not allowed.
  7. Personal care services such as massage therapy are not allowed.
  8. We are working with vendors to create and enhance their online sales presence, allowing customers to pre-order and prepay with no-contact payment methods.
  9. Our PoP (Power of Produce) program will be offered this season with some modifications.
  10. We will add to and modify this list of strategies as the public health situation changes and as we learn of new best practices.  Thanks for your patience and patronage of local farmers and food businesses.

Free COVID-19 Testing in Waconia

The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with local public health officials to offer free COVID-19 testing in Waconia. The testing event in Waconia will be held Tuesday, October 27 through Thursday, October 29, from 12:00 noon-6 p.m. each day at the Lake Waconia Event Center. Testing is free, available to anyone who feels they need to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and won’t require insurance.

Here are the details of the testing in Waconia:

Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29, 12 noon-6 p.m. each day

Lake Waconia Event Center
8155 Paradise Ln
Waconia, MN 55387

To avoid long lines, community members are encouraged to pre-register for an appointment. Those who are unable to sign up online or need interpretation can call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.

You can find additional information in the link below.

https://www.co.carver.mn.us/Home/Components/News/News/3193/18

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