Archive for the ‘farmers market’ tag
June 13th, 2014 at 6:57 am
By Kim Ross
Farmer’s markets are not only a source of healthy and often organic produce, they’re also a source of learning for kids! Supporting local businesses helps your community as well. Here are 10 reasons you should visit a farmer’s market with your kids.
Talk With Real Farmers – One thing I have found is that the vendors at the farmer’s market love to talk about how they grew their food. Have the kids talk to them and ask questions.
Teach Kids About Farms- In the city, a lot of children don’t know about farms or have never been to one. Take this time to talk about people who farm, what they do, and how the food gets to their plates.
Spend Family Time Together – Set an hour or so aside to walk through the market and talk about the items. Sometimes there is even music and other activities for your children to participate in.
Learn About Your Community- Connect with others and learn all the different things that go on in your town. At our market, one of our favorite restaurants does cooking demonstrations. Our kids have learned that much of the food they eat comes from the market. Our farmer’s market also takes place on our downtown main street. This gives us an opportunity to explore the stores and restaurants that are in the area as well.
Develop Healthy Eating Habits- Open up a possibility of options for new foods that your kids will eat.
Learn About Nutrition- Talk about the importance of eating a rainbow of colors.
Introduce New Foods- Discuss any new foods you may see. Some even YOU may not know about.
Teach Kids About Money – Give each child some money to spend on things they want to try.
Teach Kids About When Certain Things Grow- Certain fruits and vegetables are available at certain times of year according to weather and growing conditions.
Cook Your Purchases – This is a great way to get your kids involved in the cooking of the items you found. It is known that kids are more likely to try new things if they had a hand in preparing them.
Have fun exploring your local farmer’s market!
June 17th, 2013 at 11:18 am
By Kim Ross
Most Saturday mornings in summer you will find our family strolling the local Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market is a great place to bring your kids! It provides a great family activity, but also provides healthy food for your family while you are able to support your local community. This past week was kids’ week at our market so it added extra fun like free comics, plants, and the ability to get our faces painted and tour the fire trucks. My kids also love going to the Farmer’s Market on weeks that don’t have those things too.
We love to pick a new item to try each week or something we don’t eat very often. The deal is that when I make it the kids actually have to try it, which helps that they pick it out. We actually have had a few successes over the last few summers. As we purchase and look at items we talk about their health benefits and ways they help our body grow.
Another great activity is talking about all the different farmers that are selling the items. My boys love to talk with the vendors and ask what their favorite item is to grow or where their farm is located. It brings children a sense of community and helps them to feel a little more connected to the food. We also talk about how much of the food was just picked the last couple of days.
There aren’t just fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market either. We love to buy some honey or maple syrup along with eggs, cheese, meat and fish. You truly can find an entire meal there. We also enjoy some homemade kettle corn or freshly made mini donuts and egg rolls. That makes it fun for the kids to have a treat.
Want to find a local Farmer’s Market near you? Check out Local Harvest and enjoy some of your communities freshest offerings!
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.