It's Springtime here (hopefully where you are too!) and with the warmer weather & sunny days, our family loves to take advantage of fresh produce with the openings of local farmer's markets for the season. We like to go to the farmer’s market for fresh fruit, veggies, and baked goods. Getting to sample all of the locally-grown produce is our favorite. For example, last summer, I would have passed by the sweetest blueberries I have ever had if my 2-year-old had not reached for the sample. YUM!
The Farmer’s Market can be such a great learning experience for the kids too. We like to discuss where the items were grown and we talk to the farmers about their produce. We take our time to try the samples.
One particular visit, we gave the kids cash from some “chores” they had done and allowed them the chance to explore. Those kids took it all in, looking at all the vibrant colors, to find exactly what they wanted to purchase. One choose a bright yellow marigold to put on our front porch and the other chose the biggest cookie he could get his hands on.
Another fun idea we have tried is a Farmer’s Market scavenger hunt like this one:
¢ Find one red fruit that you haven’t had before. What is it?
¢ Find one green veggie that you haven’t had before. What is is?
¢ Taste an organic strawberry and a conventionally-grown (non-organic) one. Which one tastes better to you?
¢ Find a red food that is bigger than your fist. What is it?
¢ Ask 3 people if a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable. What do you think it is? (It’s a fruit!)
¢ Find a purple food with an interesting shape. What is it?
¢ Find 3 kinds of baked items. What did you find?
¢ Find something that grows on a vine/underground/tree.
¢ Ask 4 farmers what they like to grow the most. What is their favorite fruit or vegetable?
¢ Find peaches sold by 2 different vendors. What is the difference in price?
¢ What is the most interesting thing that you found for sale today at the Farmer’s Market?
This would be my answer to the last question:
Anyone up for some Frog Jam?
There are so many great Farmer's Markets across the US. This site has a great tool for finding ones in your local area.
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