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Many people are not aware of how the fruits and vegetables they eat grow. Unless you garden yourself or get a chance to visit a farm to experience growing food you may not realize how many different ways there are for fruits and vegetables to grow. Next time you are walking around the market try to guess where everything you pick up grows, does it grow on a bush, or maybe out of the ground? Below are the common ways fruit and vegetables grow:

Ground– the ground is a common place to find vegetables. Some grow under the ground and are root vegetables like beets and carrots, others are bulb vegetables such as onions, and some vegetables grow straight up from the ground such as asparagus and broccoli.

Vines- vines are another way you will see fruits and vegetables growing. Did you know that melons grow on vines along the ground? Other vine foods include grapes, beans, and cucumbers. Many vine plants grow upwards but some, like melons, are too heavy and so they grow along the ground.

Bush/plant- a bush is often somewhere you think of fruit growing, you are probably very familiar with blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Another common thing that grows on bushes are peppers, both hot and sweet. Others include bush beans, tomatoes, and summer squash.

Trees– it is probably easy to think of some fruits that grow on trees, such as apples and pears which are pome fruits, or peaches, cherries, and nectarines which are stone fruits. The summer is a good time at the market to find food that grows on trees.

On Sunday, August 25 our POP Club kids will be learning about how and where some of the fruits and vegetables at market grow. Learn more about the POP Club here and visit us at the market to register.

The POP Club is a farmer’s market-based kids program. Children (ages 5 – 12 years old) will learn about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities all season long.

Each week children will earn a $3 market token to use towards any fruit or vegetable of their choice. There is no cost to participate and the program runs every Sunday rain or shine!

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