When the weather begins to cool and kids head back to school, you can celebrate the arrival of Fall by planning a family outing to a local orchard or nearby farm. This is a wonderful way to get away and enjoy nature, and it can serve as a great opportunity for kids to learn how food is produced, and understand the larger food cycle. Many local farms and orchards offer one-day tours at reasonable prices and there’s usually a little something to please everyone. Whether it is a local dairy farm, a fruit orchard or a farm filled with chickens, cows and pigs, your kids will enjoy the interaction with nature as well as gain an appreciation for farm work and the hard labor that it involves. It’s a simple way to explore the path of food from the farm to your dinner plate.
- Wear appropriate clothing and shoes that can get a bit dirty; farms can be messy.
- Be sure to talk to your kids about the specific activity beforehand.
- Instruct children on proper behavior around animals.
- Remember to pick up some fruits or veggies to cook with kids at home.
- Bring reusable bags or baskets to carry goods home.
Looking for an orchard near you?
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