How to Have Fun at the Farmers Market with Your Child

Parent Earth Expert Latham Thomas, a nutritionist, shares tips to turn a potentially stressful errand – shopping with kids — into a fun activity with your child. She shops for food with her 6 year old son, Fulano. This is a great video to watch with your kids before shopping together and it shows that local food can be affordable.

Tips:

  1. Encourage your child to interact with the vendors.
  2. Your child will want to explore, so be flexible and curious and open to trying new foods.
  3. Give your child a job, by having them help make decisions on which foods to buy.
  4. Encourage your child to taste, touch and smell the food.
  5. Summarize what you bought with your child. This will give them a sense of accomplishment.

She bought everything for under twenty dollars, for three dishes plus leftovers.  See our follow-up video where Latham and her son cook a meal together.

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Comments (4)

Siobhan C.
09.20.10

Really fun, and good reminders to me to just slow down and take my kid’s lead.

Fab
09.22.10

Nothing makes going to the farmer’s market more fun than bringing my kids along. We usually plan a meal beforehand and make a list. When we get to the market I let the kids find and indentify all the veggies on our list. I also give them the money to pay for it so they can hone their math skills and interact with others. This whole process adds to their excitement when we’re back in the kitchen and ready to cook our meal.

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