Black Hills Farmer’s Market focuses on children’s experience in July
July is kids month at the Black Hills Farmers Market. Special Activities are planned on Saturdays and they are giving away tokens for kids to spend on produce on both Wednesday and Saturdays.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A trip to the Black Hills Farmers Market is a great way to get kids interested in trying new foods that are good for them.
Deidre Dealy, Owner of Tobias Garden, says, “Farmers market my kids have found vegetables that you don’t see in the grocery store you know there is different colors, different shapes and sizes and so it really is – it gives them a new experience from what they are used to.”
Deb Taylor, owner of Deb’s Downhome Delights, says, “It’s just a good introduction to eating healthy. A lot of them find out just by coming through here where their food is coming from. It’s our chance to educate already, and more importantly it’s a chance to educate their parents on this is what is so important for your kids to love and learn to eat – one vegetable is not for every kid – not one fruit is for every kid but there is value in every one of them and just eating homemade you know homegrown, it’s just a value that we can teach our children at a young age.”
It may also help them understand and appreciate where their food come from with a sense of community supporting local farmers and producers.
Dealy adds, “We have four kids that have been coming to farmer’s markets you know since they were basically crawling and I think it’s really taught them a lot about community, it’s taught them how to communicate with others and adults and really where their food comes from and that you know there are people that work really hard for it and that the local food and supporting local is a really big deal.”
Other ways to engage children at farmers markets is to sample as much as offered – introduce to new fruits and veggies that haven’t been offered at home.
Alvin Werner, a seven-year-old who helps his mom at their stand called “Lookout Gardens”, says, “I’m selling onions and cabbage and peaches…my favorite fruit to eat, is pretty much any fruit.”
Encourage them to ask questions to the producers, like how can you prepare this food or what is the meaning of organic.
It may even inspire them to grow their own.
Taylor says, “You can grow three or four radishes in a five gallon bucket and so you can teach your kids how to grow their own and how important that is and it’s wholesome and it’s something they will never forget.”
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