I’ve taken my daughter to the farmers market nearly every weekend since she was three months old. She graduated from her perch in the front carrier, smiling out at all she saw, to her favorite “ride” in a backpack while I shopped for our produce, hands-free. These days, she has her own market basket and is a lot more help.
For me, the gorgeous produce is my favorite reason for coming. For both of us, market days also mean time to just hang out and listen to the band playing. There in the summer months there is a splash fountain for the little ones to play in, and a year-around there is a warm community of other families also just spending time enjoying the day. These moments are magic for both of us, and have been a huge part of her childhood. I hope these are lasting memories for my child as well as a lasting association of those pleasant Saturday mornings with the food we bought together.
Food adventures can include trying a new cuisine. But often, they don’t involve eating at all until the foraged item makes it home to your kitchen!
Some great ideas for family food adventures:
- Farm tours offer a lot of outdoor play for kids, along with the vegetables.
- Pumpkin patches may be the best place for a pony ride or a bounce house, but most sell eating pumpkins as well as with the carving varieties.
- U-pick berry patches.
- Field gleaning, charity gardening, or farm volunteer days.
- Farm stands on a Sunday drive.
- Food and cultural festivals all offer fun food venues to explore with the goal of building your child’s food attitude.
- Cooking classes, cooking travel.
- “Volunteer” vacations at organic farms.
- Kids gardening workshops at your local arboretum or community centers.
- Garden tours and hikes, culinary history tours.
- Gardening and cooking together at home.
It’s spring. What are you waiting for? Go have fun!