Special outings draw family members closer together, provide great memories, and can be just plain FUN! One of my boys’ favorite places to visit in the fall was the farmers market. Vendors would give them samples of apples, pears, and honey. It was definitely an eating excursion! And they enjoyed meeting the farmers who grew the cabbage, picked the apples, and extracted the honey from the hives.
Use these tips to make the adventure fun for you and your kids!
• Before leaving home, check the weather. Bring along an umbrella just in case. Check the market’s website to get directions and hours of operation. Look for special seasonal events.
• Give kids a few dollars to spend on whatever they choose. Provide a basket or bag for each child to carry purchases.
• Encourage your youngsters to pick out fruits or vegetables that are not familiar. Kohlrabi or parsnips might just end up being a favorite! Take the time to point out how wonderful God is to have created such a wide variety of food to eat.
• With little ones, identify colors and shapes. Count tomatoes on the vine or baskets of potatoes. Older kids can manage their money, paying for purchases or weighing items and calculating the cost.
• If offered, accept samples. Vendors like to entice buyers with a taste. (Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer or wipes handy.)
• Have lunch at the market! Try a new sandwich or pizza with interesting toppings.
• Pick out pumpkins, mums, and cornstalks for your front porch. Choose mini pumpkins and gourds to use to decorate and for your Thanksgiving table. Click here for a free place card download from 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting!
Grab baskets and bags, load up the kids, and head out to the local farmers market. It’s a great way to spend an autumn afternoon!
The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds
and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.
And God saw that it was good.
What’s you favorite food at the farmers market?
By Becky Danielson
Wife to Scott, Mom of 2
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting