Eat Healthy, Grow Strong: Fresh from the Farm
We have a lot of healthy eating “rules” in our house that, not surprisingly, the kids don’t follow. For example, we tell them they have to take just one bite of a new food before they 1.) say they don’t like it and 2.) ask for something else. We’re pretty reasonable about this — I mean, I’m not asking them to sample escargot or anything.
But, alas, if your kid doesn’t want to try something, he’s won’t. And, most the time, they don’t.
Except on this one amazing day last summer, they did.
We visited Tanaka Farms in Orange County to go strawberry picking. That alone is enough to get my family excited. We may struggle over veggies and not agree on fruit … but we all looooooove strawberries. But our day was about way more than strawberries.
We rode a tractor-pulled cart through the farm and, along the way, sampled fresh-from-the-ground produce: sweet corn, green beans, scallions, carrots and more. My kids, who press their lips tight and turn their head away at the site of most things green, eagerly bit into each sample and said it was delicious! My younger son, whose only regularly consumed vegetable is corn, tried everything. He held tightly to three green beans and a carrot for the rest of the day so he could have them later.
Then, the grand finale: We had 15 minutes in the strawberry field to fill a basket and our bellies with as many of the luscious, juicy fruits we could find. I don’t know if those strawberries were any different than the ones we buy at the store, but they just seemed tastier and fresher when pulled right off the vine.
According to Red Tricycle, farm season in Los Angeles begins today. Check out their website here for a list of local farms where you too can pick (and eat) delicious, healthy fruits and veggies this spring.
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