Getting your shopping done and having some fun with your kids at the same time don't have to be mutually exclusive activities. In fact, an outing to the Farmers Market can be both fun and educational... and you might even get your weekly produce shopping done, too!
Get inspired with our Top 6 ideas for having a great time at the market with you family.
1: Give Kids A Budget & A Bag
Set your kids loose at the Farmer's Market with money in their pocket and a shopping bag over their shoulder. Ask them questions like "So what are you planning to pack in your lunch this week?" "Can you find out what fruits are in season right now?" "Do you know if those strawberries are organic? Can you find out?"
Think of the Farmer's Market as a real life scavenger hunt and your kids will be asking to go week after week.
2. Make New (Farmer) Friends
Ask the vendors questions about their produce and where it's grown. Ask about how they got started with farming, what's the difference between organic and conventional produce, can they help you pick the perfect melon, zucchini, etc....
Involve you child in the conversation by inviting questions, like "Honey, did you have any more questions we should be asking?" If your child is shy, don't put your child on the spot and insist they ask questions. Just let her listen in.
Photo by Patrick Kuhl
4. Plan Yummy Recipe
Let your kids use their imaginations and come up with a fun recipe to make from your farmer's market bounty. Should you make a fritatta with free range eggs and zucchini? A stew with seasonal veggies and grassfed beef? Homemade organic ice cream topped with peaches and honey?
Eating new things gets easier for children if they've had a hand in shopping for the ingredients and then preparing the meal. They become invested in the outcome and more likely to eat outside their comfort zone.
5. Patterns & Colors
6. Play With Your Veggies
Main image from the Portland Farmers Market, Photo taken by Amy Nieto