So, we picked up our first bag of produce last week. I didn’t know what to expect, so the kids and I drove to our pick-up site with much anticipation. My four-year old kept asking, “What is going to be in the bag? Will there be cherries? Will there be apples? Will there be cake?” The endless barrage of questions is nothing new when you have children, but I kept telling him that it would be a surprise every week. We were going to have a surprise bag of food every single week!
I found our bag and even though I had ordered the small bag, it was big and heavy. Greens were pouring out the top and as I lugged it over my shoulder, I wanted to make sure nothing fell out. It came with a newsletter that included information about all the different kinds of food in the bag, recipes, and overall farm information. For some reason, my 20-month old wouldn’t let go of it. I guess she wanted to be in the know about what I was going to be feeding her.
When we got home, we inspected our new goodies. My little boy was so excited that he immediately grabbed his step stool from the pantry and pulled it up to the kitchen counter. “OK Mommy, let’s see what’s in there,” he said with typical child exuberance.
We emptied the bag so that we could see all of our fruits and veggies. We had three different kinds of apples, apriums (a hybrid of a plum and an apricot), spring garlic, arugula, sweet onions, beets, and freckles lettuce. I have to say that I was impressed. Everything was in its own plastic bag so that they were protected and I could put what I needed to directly into the refrigerator.
Now, I must admit that I have never in my life purchased a beet. This is going to be a little adventure for me, but I love that I can teach my kids about where their food comes from. You would be surprised to learn how many children think that what they eat is born at the grocery store.
I grew up with a dad who worked in the agricultural world. He worked with farmers and would always talk about what growing season it was. As we drove around Northern California, where I grew up, he would point out the crops and what was growing. I have come to appreciate that as an adult. I think that children should be aware of what they are putting into their little bodies. We all want healthy, strong kids and their diet is a key part of that equation.
In learning about food and where it comes from, there is an amazing book that I found for my little boy this past spring. How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food by Chris Butterworth is a fun, informative read all about the food you eat. From beginning to end, it takes the reader on a little journey from the planting of the seed to the appearance in your lunchbox. The illustrations are by Lucia Gaggiotti and are very retro and whimsical. I highly recommend this as an excellent addition to your home library.
Hope you are eating well so far this summer. As for me, I need to get cooking!