To do: Have a conversation about the source of our food, read some books about markets, then visit your local farmer’s market!
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Book recommendations below
The Farmer’s Market is a great place for your child to learn some fun and practical life skills. Not only is it an exciting outing to take on the weekend, it’s also an opportunity to engage in your community, learn about food sources, and support local farmers.
How to Get Started: Ask open-ended questions about food sources and the farmer’s market. Then seek out some extra reading material.
Big questions to ask and answer with your child:
- Who grows our food?
- Where does the food at the supermarket come from?
- What’s a farmer’s market?
- Who will we see there?
- Why can’t we find all types of food there?
Accompanying Reading material: “Rah, Rah, Radishes” by April Pulley Sayre and “To Market, to Market” by Nikki McClure are two classics that will help your child get ready for your visit to the farmer’s market. Read the books together, answering any questions your child might have along the way!
What your child will learn: Valuable information about food sources, and the many different places we can purchase food for our family table. Grocery shopping is something everyone has to do, so why not making it a learning experience?
For your older child: Pick a few of your favorite foods and investigate where they are grown around the world. Love oranges? Research what climates and other factors are important to grow oranges, and pinpoint orange growing regions on a map!
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