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Cape Marketeers Club Begins May 9 at the Cape Riverfront Market

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 CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. –  The Cape Marketeers Club will begin its 3rd year at the Cape Riverfront Market on May 9, 2015 with an activity titled “If It’s Green It’s Good” where "Marketeers" will explore green vegetables and the benefits of eating them.  The Marketeers Club is a free educational program for kids 5 – 12 years old that takes place on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays May through August from 8am-noon. This program emphasizes the importance of fresh, local food and teaches kids about nutrition, science and growing food through hands-on demonstrations and activities. Marketeers earn $2 in market tokens each time they participate to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the market.  Kids and their parents/guardians can stop by the market info tent anytime to sign up and participate.

Activities generally fall info 3 main categories: science, nutrition or food-growing.  Dr. Rachel Morgan-Theall, Chemistry Professor at Southeast Missouri State University, conducts the chemistry activities.  Katie Urhahn, a Registered Dietician, and the Student Dietetics Association at Southeast Missouri State University conduct the nutrition activities.  Emily Scifers, co-owner of Laughing Stalk Farmstead, conducts the food-growing activities. Past activities include fruit DNA extraction, taste-tasting, “Name That Seed” and companion planting.

The Cape Marketeers Club is funded in part by the American Chemical Society and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services through the HEAL (Healthy Environments and Active Lifestyles) Grant through the guidance of the Healthy Communities Coalition.

The Cape Marketeers Club is a Cape Riverfront Market program.  The Cape Riverfront Market is under the umbrella of Old Town Cape, recipient of the Great American Main Street Award, a community driven, nonprofit organization that utilizes the Four-Point Main Street Approach™ to preserve, promote, revitalize, and enrich the historic, cultural, and economic landscapes of downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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