School and the Farmer’s Market

Published April 30, 2015 by lynn k scott

Tonight was the opening of the farmer’s market season in our city.  I decided class was going to be held at the farmer’s market instead of at the kitchen table.  That may sound odd to you, but to this country-girl, it made perfect sense.

Farmers Market 4-30-15

Red onions, eggs and dental packets.

  1. Even though the farmer’s market is typically higher in price than my produce stand close to work, they do have some items I can’t get at my regular spot.
  2. I think it’s important for kids to realize there are actual people associated with the food they eat.  It’s not a nameless store with a produce neatly stacked.  It’s the small farms and families that work hard at providing good, quality fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  3. It gives my daughter the opportunity to see “imperfect” produce.  Farmer’s markets often have organic vendors. They are not the large corporations where everything must be perfect before it’s sold.
  4. The lil miss will see onions before they are “beautified” for the grocery store. She will see how they come out of the ground. The same goes for garlic and carrots. Carrots have green leaves?  Yes, yes they do.
  5. I personally prefer non-commercialized eggs.  When I can buy from local farmers, I do.  I definitely don’t mind spending a few extra coin on eggs.  They taste so much better.  Did you know, the breed of chicken determines the kind of egg it will lay?  We used to get 3-4 different colored eggs when I bought from a local farm.
  6. She learns to engage her community and support local businesses.
  7. We meet other businesses in our community. Tonight, I think we found a possible new dentist.  Not to mention, we received free dental samples.

I view teaching my daughter from a variety of sources.

While some people may not see a farmer’s market as a classroom, I can’t help but see all the educational opportunities within her community.

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