On Monday, the WIC office was packed with only a few hours in between the morning and afternoon groups. It was our Farmer’s Market Coupon Giveaway Day, All of us were on our feet taking turns between education and crowd control! I was able to share with my clients much of what I’ve been writing about over the past few months especially the benefits to their children.
Through Farmer’s Markets kids learn about food by:
1.) Learning about sustainability/agriculture
Kids will learn where their food comes from and how it’s grown!
2.) Interacting with local farmers
Kids will learn so much from listening to local farmer’s talk about their crops/farms.
3.) Enjoying Seasonal Eating
Kids will learn how the environment effects what food is grown and where.
4.) Identifying different fruits and vegetables
Farmer’s Markets are a classroom where kids will be exposed to a variety of produce, both ones they know and ones they don’t know.
5.) Incorporating fruits and vegetables into family meals
By preparing foods found at Farmer’s Markets kids will learn how the food process works from beginning to end.
The next blog will be about how to prepare for a farmer’s market. Having a game plan is a necessity for large and small families alike, especially ones with small children.