Today we stocked up at the San Rafael Farmers Market. It is our happy place and we try to go there a few Sundays a month. We love this market as it is incredibly kid friendly. There are multiple musicians that make it hard for kids to resist dancing. There are bouncy houses, face painting, and balloon animals for when your child needs a break from shopping.
Prior to children we spent a lot of time at the Ferry Building Farmers Market. This is also worth a visit if you find your way to San Francisco.
The farmers market is a great way to help kids get involved in their food.
- At the farmers market, there are not as many distractions as you will find at the grocery store. At the grocery store there are endless aisles of processed foods covered in marketing to entice your children to have an argument with you!
- Many of the farmers offer tastes of their seasonal offerings so it can be a fun experience for children to taste foods at the peak of the season and experience new textures and flavors. All of this without the pressure from their parents.
- Visiting your local farmers market can help children become a little more connected to the people who grow their food.
- Allowing your child to pick out produce can help them become more invested in what they eat and give them a great sense of accomplishment.
Are you looking for ways to make the farmers market even more fun and help it feel a little less like errands for your kids?
- Consider creating a game. For example, “today we are going to see if we can find vegetables in every color of the rainbow” or “I wonder how many green vegetables we can find?”
- Ask them to pick one new vegetable for your family to bring home and learn to cook. This encourages their willingness to try new things and gives them the independent to take responsibility for this food.
The girls are slowly taking on more responsibility in helping as we shop the market. Today we filled our bellies with dim sum from Tru Gourmet and smoothies from Native Juice Co. They survived the heat as we navigated the endless abundance of summer. Thank goodness for the magical face painters and balloon🎈 artist for when the kids were weary.
If you are ever in the Bay Area, this Sunday market is worth a visit. It has grown to be the 3rd largest farmers market in California. I am so grateful for the farmers and migrant workers who work so hard bringing healthy food to the masses.
Here is our farmers market haul: McClellands dairy pastured organic farm eggs, blackberries, blueberries, 🍓 🍓 , shishito 🌶 , nectarines, Front Porch Farm flowers, local organic almonds, basil for stocking up the freezer with vegan pesto.