This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about something new they've learned about their local farmers.
As part of the Carnival of Natural Parenting this month, we were challenged to experience something new and different at our farmer's market. We love our little farmer's market. It's tiny compared to the one where we used to live but the farmers are there week in and week out with the food they worked so hard to produce.
I love that I recognize all the farmers and never fail to run into a friend. L loves saying hello to the farmer we've started purchasing meat from and listening to the guy who plays guitar and sings.
As our challenge this last weekend I decided to let L pick out all our produce. This might seem like a silly thing to do but she is right in the middle of the I-must-do-everything-by-myself phase and I figured it would be a good opportunity for her to exercise her independence. Unlike the grocery store where the fruit and vegetables are stacked neatly and at just the right height for a two-and a half-year-old to pick the apple off the bottom and cause an avalanche, our farmer's market is almost entirely child accessible.
Much of the produce is in baskets or on tables within reach of my very tall toddler. She loves the market and loves to do things herself so she was more than happy to pick out the fruit and veggies she wanted. I had to exercise a little self control and stop myself from telling her to put back the ones that were a little overripe. Instead I gently explained how to pick out good ones. I'm normally the one in control of our farmer's market wanderings and purchases and it was different (and difficult) to experience it as more of a spectator. I admit I did encourage her not to buy hot peppers because our garden is overflowing with them.
We ended up with several yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, a bag of pickling cucumbers that she put in the bag all by herself, and a little green pear.
My second challenge this week? Choosing meals that use yellow squash and tomatoes (which will be easy) and learning how to make pickles (which will be a little more difficult)! L will take care of the little green pear on her own.
What do you love about your farmer's market?
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