I left off in the last post talking a little bit about harvesting produce with kids from the garden. The garden provides nutritious and delicious food for us to eat....and also preserve if you have abundance.
There is nothing like a fresh garden meal in the summer!Picking your vegetables right out of the garden and using them in your meal - you can't get any fresher than that!
You might make fresh salsa from your tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro in your garden.
You might enjoy stuffed peppers.
Sweet corn is always a delicious summer treat with any meal.
You might have a wonderful crop of green beans and can them to enjoy during winter.
Of course, picking fresh lettuces, spinach, radish, and green onions for salads is always refreshing.
Allow your children to cook meals with you. Sometimes its hard with little hands, but you might be surprised what they will eat knowing that they helped prepare it from what they helped grow and harvest.
Sometimes room is not available to grow everything you would like, such as fruits, where several plants are needed to pick a larger quantity. Look for local u-pick farms in your area and take your kids there to experience picking at a specialty farm. We go to a blueberry farm and strawberry farm every summer to pick bulk amounts of berries to freeze and make jam from. You might want look for local specialty farms in your area to pick strawberries, blueberries, apples, peaches, pumpkins and more.
- It educates them on where food comes from.
- Showing them planting to harvest and getting them involved is a great way to share the farm to fork process.
- It teaches them what it means to live a sustainable and healthy life.
I hope you will show your kids where food comes from and enjoy the farm to fork process!
This post is sponsored by Indiana's Family of Farmers but all opinions, photos, and ideas are mine.