Third-grade students at Jefferson Elementary learned something new about fruits and vegetables recently  from Labeth Nall, Ardmore Main Street Authority. Nall was there to introduce a “Veggie Buck” program, the first of its kind in Carter County, to encourage students to eat fresh, farm-grown produce from the Farmer’s Market, located at 106 E. Broadway St.  
Nall presented a unique invitation to students to encourage participation —  she cut a Rubix apple. What is a Rubix apple? An apple that can be taken apart and put back together again and she promised to be at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday to prepare an apple for children who visit the market.
“Veggie Bucks” give families a chance to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the popular, outdoor Farmer’s Market with a free coupon. This experiential program has been used in other communities to encourage healthier eating with successful results.  Brenda Jagger, counselor at Jefferson, who assisted Nall in her presentation, said, “I can’t wait to hear what foods our students enjoy most from the Main Street Farmer’s Market.”
The TSET Healthy Living Program in Carter County is also sponsoring a children’s art contest on June 10 at the weekly Farmer’s Market.  The theme is “Eat Fresh to Grow Strong.”  First, second and third place prizes will be given in each age group (6 – 8 years, 9 – 10 years, and 11 – 12 years).  Drawings will be accepted through June 6 at the Ardmore Main Street office, 203 W. Main St.  An exhibit of the young artists’ work will be displayed in the Market Place on Broadway building and will be available for public viewing during Farmer’s Market hours through the month of June.   
Kristi Combes, Wellness Coordinator of the Healthy Living Program, said, “We are excited to be part of this effort to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables.  I can’t wait to see the art work they create.”  
The Farmer’s Market is open from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
To ask questions call (580) 226-6246.