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‘Growing Our Garden’ takes Muskegon youngsters to the farmers market

Muskegon County FB helped some local kindergarteners learn about farmers markets and where food comes from though an initiative titled “Growing Our Garden.”
Date Posted: June 1, 2023

Reeths-Puffer Discovery Kindergarten’s recently launched “Growing Our Garden” series helped teach young students about the important role farmers markets play in our community.

Teacher Amanda McClees organized a farmers market field trip after reaching out to the Kenney Agency and Muskegon County Farm Bureau. Together they were able to supply each student with 10 tokens and a market bag to fill up at the Muskegon Farmers Market.

On the morning of May 25, more than 70 Discovery Kindergarteners — with some siblings, parents and teachers — set off to the market in search of healthy, locally grown foods.

Curious eyes searched the booths for delicious fruit and vegetables. 

One wide-eyed little boy stuffed two bundles of fresh, local asparagus in his bag. He said he’d never tried it before but was excited for his first taste of the western-Michigan specialty.

Every student came away with a market bag full of goodies to sample back in their classrooms, plus some left over treats to take home and share with their families.

Best of all, they all now have a better idea of what foods they can incorporate into their own gardens. There were smiles for miles!

Portrait of MFB Member Communications Specialist Jeremy Nagel.

Jeremy Nagel

Member Communications Specialist
517-323-6885 [email protected]