Kids are a big part of the Yelm Farmers Market

OK, we’ll let the parents come, too!

But, each year at the the Yelm Farmers Market we are so pleased to see the number of kids who come out to learn more about food and farmers and buy good things to eat or to just look around.

In 2018, we plan on plenty of activities to keep kids happy and learning each time they come to the market. In past years, we’ve had face painting  days, pumpkin bowling days and of course our Power of Produce Kids Club

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This year in our new location at the Yelm Community Center on the Yelm City Park, kids can also get to the park playground easily and spend time looking around the new Community Garden which will be right next door.

The Yelm Farmers Market is a place for families and we hope to see you all there!

Nisqually Indian Tribe sponsors Power of Produce 2018

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Once more, the Nisqually Indian Tribe ( has shown their commitment to supporting Yelm community activities by sponsoring our Power of Produce Kids Club  ( for another year.

The 2018 sponsorship of $6,000 should fund the program throughout the entire market season this year!

The Power of Produce Kids Club introduces children to fruit, vegetables, and the farmers who grow them while developing financial literacy skills (and perhaps a bit of patience).

The free club is open to children ages 5 to 12. Once they’ve enrolled, they’re given a badge and a small shopping bag and each week when they register, they receive two dollars of market tokens that they can spend on fruit or vegetables or a plant that grows food.

Since the Club was begun at the Yelm Farmers Market ( nearly 1,600 children have enrolled and made over 4,000 visits to the market. Each time they come, we hope, they learn a bit more about our food supply and how valuable our farmers are.

Make sure you enroll your kids again this year at our new location in the Yelm Community Center at 301 2nd Ave in Yelm.

Power of Produce 2017 – Another Success!


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This year again, the Bounty for Families Power of Produce Club, held at the Yelm Farmers Market, was a great success.

443 kids were enrolled this year, just down from 485 last year, to make the grand total since the program began in 2015 1,587 kids! And they come back over and over again during the season so that our total so far is 4,059 visits. That’s over 4,000 times that young people, aged 5-12, were at the market interacting with local farmers and growers, learning about food and healthy choices and taking home veggie starts for their own home gardens. What an education these kids get!

There is, however, one challenge with this program: it has to be fully sponsored or receive grant money or donations since the $2’s worth of tokens given to the vendors must be reimbursed by the market. This year, unfortunately, we had to stop the program mid-August since the funds we had ran out.

So for this program to continue educating our young people, some of your sons and daughters, we need your support. In 2018 we will make it very easy to help. Our website has a way for you to donate either one time or on a recurring basis. It’s so easy to set up a monthly contribution of $10 or $25 to this really outstanding program by going to and clicking the “support your BFF’ button on the right hand side. Rather use your mobile device? Just text BFF at 91999.

Your donation can make a huge difference – support the Power of Produce Kids Club at the Yelm Farmers Market in 2018.