Saturday, 26 May 2012

Heading To The Farmer's Market

This is the time of year most of your local farmers' markets are opening up.  This is an excellent opportunity for a family outing.  Kids can sample fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, explore different herbs and plants, learn about eggs, see local artisans' work and bring home some delicious produce.

 Local Harvest can help you locate the farmers' markets in your area.

More reasons to shop your farmers' markets: 
(by Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian)
Shopping at local farmer's markets strengthens your communities.
Experiencing food at its finest can encourage even the pickiest eater to try a few bites.  
Since the produce is picked at the peak of the season, nutrients, and phytochemicals will be more abundant. 

Farmers Market Fun (by Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian)
Try a new fruit or vegetable, or prepare your produce in a new way.
Ask the vendor his favorite way to prepare a particular type of produce.
  Many have recipes to share.  
Check if there are any special events being planned at the Farmers Market.  Many have cooking demonstrations, tastings, and fun activities for the kids.

Give your children each $2.00.
  Let them explore the world of produce and make a new selection.  There is a much greater chance your child will try this new food since it belongs to them.  (When my daughter was 3-years old, she loved the color purple and selected a purple turnip.  To this day, she still enjoys eating raw purple turnips with ranch dip!) 

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Happy Mother's Day

If you have a non-traditional family like I do, Mother's Day can get quite expensive.  I have my mom, step-mom and mother-in-law to all think about.  I'm not really one to relish a breakfast in bed type of day.  My family has always enjoyed strawberry picking on Mother's Day.  Having a special tradition to look forward to every year can be really nice for the entire family.  

There are some really nice gifts you can give mom that won't take a lot of time or money to make.  Here's a few ideas:

Homemade sugar or salt body scrubs
Homemade soaps
Tea cup card with tea bag attached
Chocolate dipped strawberries
Small album with pictures and special memories written out beside them
DIY jewelry stand (tutorial)
Acrostic poem with your mom's name or use Nana, Grandma, Mommy
Help another mom in need. 

And one of my favorites!- the William Tell Overture Mom Song video