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June 17th, 2013 at 11:18 am

Taking Kids to a Farmer’s Market

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.

 

 

 

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May 28th, 2012 at 5:00 am

The Great Summer Adventure

Ready to have a great time this summer with your kids?

Some people think a fun summer just happens. They remember the lazy days of their own childhood sipping lemonade and swinging in a hammock and assume they will be recreated for their kids. We forget that it is the PARENTS that mix the lemonade and hang the hammock.

As a slower daily schedule approaches we assume we shouldn’t plan anything – why not just relax?

Then we realize that it doesn’t work – kids still fight and endless cries of “I’m bored” fill the air. A little planning helps lessen the discontent.

Even at thirty-something years of age I still look forward to summer vacations.  The season of long days of sunshine, sleeping in, cool splashes at the pool, and of course, daily doses of ice cream!

To kick off summer we have a Summer Planning Meeting! I like to make an event out of it and serve up an ice cream sundae bar. The youngest of children can participate in this  event  even.

The Summer Planning Meeting is all about brainstorming to the question

If you could do anything this summer what would it be?

We then make a list of ALL the things that we would like to do. Since we do this every year we have a list that we have kept as we think of things during the year and add to it at our meeting.

Here’s some of the things of my families list:

  • Strawberry Picking
  • Visit the Beach
  • Smoothies
  • Nature Walk
  • Fly Kites
  • Water Balloons
  • Dig for Worms
  • Catch a Caterpillar
  • S’mores

Once our list is made, I like to hang it on the refrigerator so we can be inspired. If we have a day we need something fun to do we always have a place for suggestions!

What is on your Summer List?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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