It’s never too early to teach kids about healthy seasonal food!
One of the projects that Partners in Healthy Living helps fund is a Budding Farmers program through Chisago City Farmers Market. Children learn to cook, grow, learn, taste, smell, feel, and get creative with the fruits and vegetables grown in locally in the community.
Budding Farmers is a subscription-based program aimed at children in preschool through fifth grade that runs for eight weeks during the growing season. Participating children receive a tote bag and binder at the start of the program. Each week, they receive a new packet highlighting a different piece of produce that will be available at the market. Families receiving Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as well as low-income families not eligible for SNAP had a chance to receive subscriptions for their children to participate in the program.
The packet includes fun facts; nutrition information; a science project, such as sprouting radish seeds or re-sprouting beet tops; a creative activity like creating “tree” stamps from broccoli or painting with beet water; two recipes, such as beet and chocolate cookies or carrot slaw; and a growing guide so kids can try to grow the featured plant at home. The packets include pictures, illustrations and indicators for which steps are kid-friendly.
Click here to find more information about this community program and Chisago City Farmer’s Market.