Make the Farmers Market a Family Outing

Claudia Cater

Looking for an activity that is fun and economical? Why not visit the local farmers market? Visiting the local farmers market is a great family activity. There is a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs to choose from.

Buying fruits, vegetables, and herbs at the farmers market supports the local economy and farmers. You also have a chance to ask the farmers how the produce was grown.You can involve your children in choosing fruits and vegetables. 

For younger children, give them a choice of two foods at a time to select from such as broccoli or cauliflower. For older children, they have a chance to discover new less-familiar vegetables such as an eggplant, kohlrabi, or zucchini. There may be free samples to try.

Here are some shopping tips to make yours a great trip to the market:

  • Shop early in the morning for the best selection.
  • Shop through-out the farmers’ market season.
  • Different vegetables and fruits are sold each month.
  • Let your child choose a fruit or vegetable.
  • You will find that farmers have more to sell after July 15.
Source: WI WIC Program

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