Marysville, KS – Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) will be partnering with the Marysville Farmers’ Market to bring programming for young children and families on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
Activities planned include a scavenger hunt for healthy items sold by vendors at the market encouraging children, with their parents, to interact with new food varieties and experience fresh or non-processed foods, take-home activity sheets, and a do-it-yourself planting station to allow kids to plant their own veggie to care for at home.
“There are many lessons to be learned for young children to help them connect the importance of the foods they eat to their body’s nutrition and wellness,” said Ashley Kracht, public relations and marketing director at CMH. “We are excited for this opportunity to interact with our community’s youngest citizens, and help them develop a passion for eating a fresh, balanced and nutritious diet.”
The Marysville Farmers’ Market runs from early May through October from 8 -11 a.m. at 7th Street and Broadway in Downtown Marysville. A variety of vendors can be found, including fresh produce, home baked goods, and handcrafted items. The Market has scheduled different programming opportunities once a month on “Second Saturdays” throughout the season. Other upcoming events including a salsa competition, cooking demonstration, live music, and more. To learn more about the Marysville Farmers’ Market, visit their Facebook group, “The Marysville Farmers’ Market”.
6 THINGS CHILDREN CAN LEARN AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET
1. The difference between processed and unprocessed foods
At a child’s first trip to the farmer’s market, they are likely to find few processed foods, or foods in colorful packaging, boxes, and bags. The “processed” foods and items that are available are small-batch and scratch-made. If they ask where the cereal aisle is, you can point out the difference between the food at the farmer’s market and the convenience foods you purchase when you’re at the grocery store.
2. The names of different fruits and vegetables
Your child might see fruits and vegetables they’ve never seen before, or noticed during a hectic trip to the grocery store. This is a chance to let your kids ask questions of the vendors (“What does it taste like?”), touch, smell, and learn about produce. Also, if they know the name, they’ll be more likely to try it and can ask for it.
3. What goes into making a meal
Getting your kids involved in the kitchen is a great way to get them try new foods. It’s easier said than done – with busy schedules and hectic nights, you likely want to get into the kitchen, cook dinner, feed them, clean up, and put an end to your day. If you’re going to a farmer’s market on the weekend, you could plan (and mentally prepare) to have everyone help out in the kitchen that night. Even if it’s just letting them dress and toss a salad with a few of the veggies they picked out from the market that day – we’re willing to bet they’ll give it a try once they’ve had a hand in preparing it.
4. Different types of farming
A trip to the farmer’s market is a great chance for kids (and adults!) to learn about different types of farming and often gives everyone a chance to ask questions of the farmers themselves. Explain the difference between organic and natural and why some farmers need to use pesticides on highly prone plants and why that impacts the cost so greatly.
5. Seasonal food
If your child is wondering where the butternut squash and pineapples are, you can dive into what seasonal, local food is. The food that is offered at farmer’s markets is only what can be grown in your region during a specific time of year. The supermarkets have a wide variety of produce because they have it shipped or trucked in from different parts of the country or the world. When we eat seasonal, locally grown produce then, we can positively impact the environment, as well as support the local economy.
6. The importance of community
Along with explaining the concept of local food, you could also take this opportunity to talk to your children about why it’s important to support businesses and people in your community. That it’s difficult for small, local farmers to compete with large supermarket chains and you try to support them when you can — even if it’s just a few times a year. If your children are old enough, you can give them a small allowance (farmer’s markets are typically cash-only) and let them purchase their own food, count their money, and “contribute” to their local economy.