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July 11, 2007

Fresh from Farm to Table

Buying fruits & veggies from Ontario farmers is a complete win-win situation. You support our local growers and the produce is "yum-a-holla" (as my 3 year old says).

Going to a farmer's market is not only an outing...we turn it into a educational event. We ask the kids to choose one new food to try each week (ok...this week they chose corn and they already LOVE corn -- but I appreciate the fact they are learning about healthy eating). For my "reader" I have her read the signs names and prices of things. Then each child takes a turn asking for a particular item and paying. I think it's a good lesson in politeness, waiting your turn, and asking for a service. No, you still shouldn't speak to strangers but at the same time my children need to know how to ask for information in the greater world. Who knew you would learn so much at a Farmer's Market?!

Click here for the list of Farmer's Markets for the 2007 season in Toronto

Should you be interested in increased participation in your food choices there is a great Canadian website (yes, click this) Pick Your Own Farms that provides detailed information on where to go and harvest schedules.

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At July 11, 2007 at 6:45 PM , Blogger Karen said...

Are store clerks and fruit market stand owners considered strangers? Is it OK to talk to strangers when you parents are around? The other day at the park a 2.5 year old girl asked my 5 year old son his name and he responded "you should not be talking to me and I can't talk to you because you are a stranger"...how far does the don't talk to strangers mantra extend?? I obviously need help...

 
At July 12, 2007 at 7:01 AM , Blogger Caroline Fernandez said...

There's a pandora's box!...If you completely stranger-proof your child - who will he go to when he's lost or hurt? Are police strangers?

 

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