|This week's share at Blooming Glen Farm.|
How many times has that sentence come out of the mouth of a 6-yr old? Luckily for me and Mary Beth, it came out of Jake's mouth last night at dinner.
We picked up our share at Blooming Glen Farm last night. Turnips, strawberries, kale, escarole, spring onions, lettuce, kohlrabi, bok choy and Jake's favorite, fennel. So we made a bit of a salad feast for dinner last night--along with some chicken and pesto pasta.
|Jake and his strawberry with a face.|
It's so nice to see him really enjoy these tasty and nutritious foods. And he's so excited to go to the farm and pick them up.
Jake is a very healthy kid. And I have no doubt that his eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables has a big hand in that.
So many kids these days don't even know where vegetables come from, let alone know what kohlrabi is. (Do you know?) I don't know how many parents I hear complain about how their kids only eat chicken nuggets or mac and cheese.
I truly believe that exposing children to these foods--whether at a CSA like Blooming Glen or at a farmers' market--makes them more interested and willing to eat them. Even better, growing your own garden--even if it's a small one--gives kids a chance to have some ownership of the food they eat.
|Sucking on fennel, surrounded by this week's loot.|
So if you have kids--or even if you don't--eat local. Pick up some items at a farmers' market that has probably traveled less than 10 miles instead of buying supermarket produce that travels an average of 1600 miles from field to your plate--losing flavor and nutrition all the while. You'll be glad you did and you might even hear a request for more turnips!