Summer’s Bounty

Here in the United States, school is letting out and summer vacation is upon us. Getting kids involved in gardening, berry picking, and trips to the farmers market are great ways to get them excited about fruits and veggies. It’s also a fun way to help them learn where food comes from. For some kids, it will be a shock that it isn’t the grocery store.
Laguna Beach Farmer's Market

Farmers markets offer fresh local produce and are a fun field-trip for kids.

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Alex, the bum

Berry picking is a right of passage summer activity.

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Raspberries / Zmeura

Juicy berries are a sure sign of summer.

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pea harvest

One proud gardener!

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Boy with garden hose

The absolute wonder of the garden hose.

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Simple Raw Lunch

Eating a rainbow -- YUM!

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A few tips to get your green thumb going…

  • Check out tons of kid-friendly gardening resources from the great folks at Kids Gardening;
  • Even if you have no yard, you can still garden. Check out community garden plots in your area or start a container garden. Many churches now offer garden space for their members;
  • Check your local newspaper for U Pick farms and orchards; and
  • To find a farmers market near you, visit: Local Harvest or The USDA.

Berry stained faces. Watermelon seed spitting contests. Fresh strawberry shortcake or homemade peach ice cream. I can’t imagine my memories of summer without these things. Summer comes but once a year — don’t miss out on its bounty, and take the time to introduce the magic of summer to the kids in your world.

Now, if you will excuse me, I am off to hunt for the perfect strawberry. Join me?

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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