Itâ€™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 farmerâ€™s markets for the season.Â 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. Â 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. Â YUM!
The Farmer’s Market can be such a great learning experience for the kids too. Â We like to discuss where the items were grown and we talk to the farmers about their produce. Â 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. Â Those kids took it all in, looking at all the vibrant colors, to find exactly what they wanted to purchase. Â 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:
â€¢Â Â Find one red fruit that you haven’t had before. Â What is it?
â€¢Â Â Find one green veggie that you haven’t had before. Â What is is?
â€¢Â Â Taste an organic strawberry and a conventionally-grown (non-organic) one. Â Which one tastes better to you?
â€¢Â Â Find a red food that is bigger than your fist. Â What is it?
â€¢Â Â Ask 3 people if a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable. Â What do you think it is? (It’s a fruit!)
â€¢Â Â Find a purple food with an interesting shape. Â What is it?
â€¢Â Â Find 3 kinds of baked items. Â What did you find?
â€¢Â Â Find something that grows on a vine/underground/tree.
â€¢Â Â Ask 4 farmers what they like to grow the most. Â What is their favorite fruit or vegetable?
â€¢Â Â Find peaches sold by 2 different vendors. Â What is the difference in price?
â€¢Â Â 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 Farmerâ€™s Markets across the US.Â This site has a great tool for finding ones in your local area.
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