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Making the Farmers' Market Exciting for Kids

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After all the rain we have been having in New York lately, I jumped at the chance to hit the Union Square Green Market with my kids on a sunny Saturday morning. It would be a perfect way to spend a weekend morning: getting to know our local farmers and shopping for local, healthy foods. When we arrived, I gave them each some money and told them that they could pick a sweet treat and one vegetable of their choice. Check out the slideshow below to see what caught their eyes.

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1 Couldn’t resist the beautiful peonies!

2 Kale chips are a big hit in our house.

3 Yum. Carrots are a must for lunch. My kids love carrot-ginger dressing for salads.

4 Checking out soaps made from goat milk. We didn’t get soap, but did buy some of the Ronnybrook Farm chocolate milks.

5 Strawberry season has begun! They were the main reason we headed to the market. (We also bought some of those tomatoes and that asparagus to make a delicious fritatta that night for dinner.)

6 Just a few of our acquisitions from a very successful trip!

More On How We Prepared These:
We love this great basic kale chip recipe and these yummy cheesy ones.
Our favorite carrot-ginger dressing recipe.
The yummy asparagus fritatta recipe came from The Family Dinner cookbook.

Francesca Olivieri is co-founder of sage baby, an online eco-friendly baby store offering everything from organic clothes and skin care to furniture. She also runs a green consulting business; blogs for The Family Groove and Scenic Hudson; and contributes to Daily Candy Kids, YogaCity, Citiscoop, and NRDC’s Simple Steps. Please visit her website at FrancescaOlivieri.com.

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Comments (3)

  • I like to take our little one (well, not so little anymore) to our Farmers' Market on Saturdays. She is willing to give up cereal and cartoons for our weekly excursion. I give her money as well and we talk about why it is important to support the local farmers, the importance of contributing to the local economy, the 3 R's (reduce, reuse, recycle). We use this time to explore new foods and learn to count money. I have watched her blossom at the Farmers' Market over the two years since she has come to live with us. Her favorites are cherry tomatoes, peaches, and pumpkin bread. Every experience is a learning experience, and I enjoy watching the excitement of learning through the eyes of a child.

  • Sounds great. I agree. It is so fun watching your kids learn about the world.

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