on a recent thursday afternoon, we sat down with a big farmer's market box that annie's sent us that was filled with healthy snacks and meals from their new bernie's farm line, as well as fun activities, a kit to grow some of our own fruits and vegetables, and a little gardening tool set. the girls opened the seed kit, filled the little pots with soil, and marveled at the different shapes and sizes of the seeds. it's so great that annie's is working to make snacking a little more meaningful by teaching children where food comes from.
i always try to pack the girls lunches with fruit and veggies from our garden and local farmer's market and will sometimes pack annie's snacks as well. i love their commitment to organic ingredients and the fact that they use no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives. the shapes and colors of bernie's farms snacks are super fun and feature little tractors, farm animals, and carrots.
since it was thursday, after we planted and had a snack, we made our list and headed out for our weekly trip to the farmer's market. it has been such a great place to introduce the girls to a variety of fruits and veggies that change throughout the season. they are way more likely to try new foods if they have selected it themselves and they get to actually meet the people who grow what we are buying.
"how does my garden grow" by gerda muller. it is the story of a little girl who lives in the city and gets her vegetables from the supermarket. it then follows her to her grandparents' farm and shows what goes in to growing fruits and vegetables. it has such lovely illustrations and it is fun hearing elodie tell people about her favorite parts of the book. knowing that we are connected to the food cycle is one of the greatest bits of knowledge that she could have. real food IS fun.