Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Few {Of The Many} Reasons Why I Love Our Farmer’s Market

Welcome to the August 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Farmer's Markets
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.

We have been weekly goers to the local Farm Market for a few years now. Our market routine has changed a bit as we have added new little people to our family, but our reasons for going remain the same:

We want to support local farmers and businesses. We want to eat yummy, healthy food. We want to teach ourselves and our children about the food we eat, where it comes from and its value. And we want to have something fun to do on Saturday mornings.

I have to admit though, that going to the market with children is sometimes an event that ends in, well, some pretty comical and un-peaceful happenings.

If Sharky Boy runs away, popping in and out of vendor stands {getting me even more close to getting white hairs!} the kind people at these stands will engage and entertain him long enough for us to catch up.

If Sharky Boy exclaims, “Look at those big peas! I love those big carrots!” Guess what? He gets a snack of peas and carrots (hahaha). At the deli stand the kiddos even get a piece of delicious fresh wiener…they love that.

If Mermaid Girl is curious about some art piece or is awed by some shiny hand crafted object, they let her touch it gently and she gets to ask questions directly to the maker of that piece. If any of the kiddos in their zeal for yummy-ness happen to sample, without asking first, some of the veggies…no one gets mad at them. We always say “Keep the change” in those cases, we don’t want Farmer’s Karma to get us one day!

If I am curious about whether or not something was chemically sprayed or if the meat comes from grass-fed animals, or whatever darn question, big or small I may have…I get an answer right then and there, directly from the Farmer who planted the seeds or raised the cattle. You know, once a few years ago, I emailed one of the Blueberry distributing companies asking about pesticide use…and I NEVER got a response…not even a “Thank You for your inquiry”. So, I really appreciate and totally adore the Farmers who take the time to travel to sell their goods and interact with customers one-on-one.

You hear me Farmer’s!? I adore you and I am so grateful to you for doing what you do!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

My children are growing up knowing exactly where their food comes from and I know I am doing my part for keeping them and our Earth healthy {even though they still don’t eat as many veggies as I’d like…I am counting on that one day they will magically have a change of taste! It can happen, right!?}.

And that, is why I love the market, even though I could use a few extra arms and hands to keep my brood and food organized!

Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be live and updated by afternoon August 14 with all the carnival links.)

  • 10 Simple Ways to Make the Farmer's Market More Fun for Kids — Lorie at Reading Confetti shares ideas and books to help kids get the most from the farmers market experience.
  • 10 Things I Want To Teach My Daughter About The Importance of Shopping at the Farmer’s Market — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares the ten lessons she hopes to impart to her daughter about the importance of shopping at local farmers markets.
  • Charmed by Two Small Town Markets — Shannon at GrowingSlower was charmed by two small-town farmers markets while on vacation.
  • The Olympia Farmer's Market (and a giveaway!) — Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes and family took a trip to their state capitol to experience a new market. See what they saw, and enter to win a book written about that very market.
  • On the Hunt . . . At the Farmer’s Market! — Exploring the farmers market by Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy writing at Natural Parents Network — with a scavenger hunt!
  • Exploring the Market ... Alphabet StyleThat Mama Gretchen is in the midst of creating a learning tool for her toddler and it's all about the market!
  • Unschooling at the Farmers Market — Megz at Aspen Mama loves building memories as a vendor at the Market.
  • Montessori-Inspired Vegetable Unit — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares links to Montessori-inspired vegetable printables and activities to help your family get the most out of a trip to the farmer’s market.
  • Markets — How sustainable mum has fitted a monthly farmers market into a weekly food shop.
  • The Farmers Market In Under An Hour ("Carl Style") — Andrea and family at Tales of Goodness adapt their farmers marketing approach to make everyone happy.
  • Tales Of a Troubled Gardener — Sam at Love Parenting writes about her dream of self-sufficiency and her lack of gardening skills!
  • A Few {Of The Many} Reasons Why I Love Our Farmer’s Market — Even though the experience can sometimes be less than peaceful, MomeeeZen shares why she enjoys taking her family to the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.
  • Experiencing the Farmer's Market from a Different Perspective — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM had a great time letting her toddler lead the way at the farmer's market...
  • Ask A Farmer's Daughter — Abbie at Farmer's Daughter answers questions about her life growing up on a small family farm in New England.
  • Giving Up the Grocery Store — Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares her family's summertime challenge to eliminate trips to the grocery store and rely almost exclusively on local, farm-fresh foods.
  • Urban farming and fresh food in the city — Lauren at Hobo Mama takes trips to farms, gardens, and markets within reach of a big city.
  • Market Tip: Get to Know Your Farmers — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger finally gets up the guts to talk to her farmers and learns she is among ardent food lovers.
  • New Farmer's Market Find — Kellie at Our Mindful Life is excited to make a new find at her new farmers market.
  • "The Real World" Grassroots Edition — jessica at instead of institution takes some time out to write a love note.
  • 9 Insider Tips for Farmer's Market Newbies — Dionna at Code Name: Mama chatted with a few farmers to bring you some insider information on how to get the most out of your local farmer's market.
  • The Place Where I Can Say "Yes!" — Erica at ChildOrganics gives you a tour of her favorite vendors at her local farmers market and discusses the benefits of creating community through the market.
  • Raw Local Milk — Jorje shares her family's field trip to a local dairy. Learn what you can appreciate from a small town farm at Momma Jorje.com.
  • Italian Secret Vegetable Soup Recipe — Alinka at Baby Web convinces an Italian Farmer & Cook to reveal a precious minestrone recipe and shares it with her readers.
  • Where do our eggs come from? A visit to Sucellus Farms. — Carli at One Fit Mom takes her family to meet the chickens that have been providing their daily eggs.
  • Beyond the Farm — Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy and her family enjoy looking beyond the food at the local farmer's market to see the wares of the over vendors.
  • Magic at the Market — Do you ever take time to really look at the food you eat? Amy at Anktangle enjoys marveling at the beauty (and the utility) of the foods and goods available at the farmers' market.
  • Farmer's Market Discoveries — Laura from Pug in the Kitchen reminisces about the discoveries she's made at the Farmer's Market throughout the years.
  • Are You Getting the Most out of Your Farmers' Market? (My List of Not-So-Common "Musts") — Sheila at A Living Family shares some uncommon ways to squeeze even more joy and connection (and yumminess!) from your local farmers' market experience.
  • Pick Your Own And Eat It — Luschka from Diary of a First Child shares their trip to a PYO farm and the journey from picking to eating her favourite food


    1. Great post - I love that you make this a family event and your children can have fun whilst learning about where their food comes from. Its lovely that your children are given tasters from the stalls, what a great way to enable them to try fresh and different foods! Sam

    2. This is such a great learning experience for your children! When they get older, I'd encourage you to take them to visit the actual farms and pick their own if it's available!

    3. These things you listed here are some of my top reasons for frequenting farmer's markets - it is much more for my kids. I love that they aren't just playing on the phone in a grocery cart, they are interacting and learning!

    4. Yes! Soooo many reasons to love the market!!

    5. The way you describe your experience matches my own. In short, I would say you have described that the farmers and vendors have created an extended family, A Living Family, in which you can feel a bit safer and freer as you purchase healthy, fresh food for your family. Isn't it a blessing to have access to such a community! Thanks for sharing.

    6. "My children are growing up knowing exactly where their food comes from and I know I am doing my part for keeping them and our Earth healthy..."

      This is the truth and exactly why I am giving up the grocery store and buying most of our food direct from farms! Great post!

    7. You said it. I love the freedom of the farmers market and how you can know for sure that you're helping the planet while feeding your family - and that the two can go hand in hand. Great story. Thanks for sharing.

    8. Your last sentence cracked me up! :) It certainly is an adventure taking a lot of littles on any outing. I'm glad you all enjoy yourselves so much there and get so much out of it. It sounds like you've definitely become part of that community!


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