How to get your children to eat more veg

Posted by Green Earth 10/10/2015 0 Comment(s) General News,

I think one of the magical moments of being a farmer is seeing a child get excited about picking and eating a vegetable or a piece of fruit that you have grown.

I can remember when I was small, going out picking mushrooms in the fields, and how excited I used to get on finding the beautiful white mushrooms. I would rush into the kitchen with the bowl and couldn’t wait for my mother to cook them for tea.

 


I guess we all lose that sense of magic as we get older, but we get to relieve the feeling by looking at the reaction of children to what to us may seem like a very ordinary experience.

 

 

I think one of the magical moments of being a farmer is seeing a child get excited about picking and eating a vegetable or a piece of fruit that you have grown.

I can remember when I was small, going out picking mushrooms in the fields, and how excited I used to get on finding the beautiful white mushrooms. I would rush into the kitchen with the bowl and couldn’t wait for my mother to cook them for tea.

 


I guess we all lose that sense of magic as we get older, but we get to relieve the feeling by looking at the reaction of children to what to us may seem like a very ordinary experience.

I had just this sensation the other day when I brought my son Joe (who is 2) and my little girl Ella (5) out to survey how the tomato plants were doing.

Thankfully the little bit of sun and warmth of the last day or two has meant that they are finally starting to yield in an appreciable quantity.

The absolute delight and enthusiasm with which they started picking tomatoes was amazing.

 

How it must be to find all these amazingly warm shiny red orbs hanging off plants, and when you pop them into your mouth you discover that they are really sweet and delicious too. What child wouldn’t get totally immersed in that experience.
So on that particular day there was no problem getting either Joe or Ella to eat enough tomatoes! In fact now I can’t keep them out of the tomato tunnels.

 

I think the connection for young children with the plants and the excitement of picking something and then eating it really brings food to life.

Then there is the taste of freshly harvested vegetables, they are just much sweeter.

I took a little behind the scenes video clip of what is going on in one of our tomato tunnels at the moment.  Watch out for Ella’s undignified removal of the green of one of the tomatoes she is putting into her mouth.

 

Happy eating
Kenneth


 
PS we have the first lovely fresh bunched carrots available from the farm and also we have reduced the price on freshly harvested new potatoes. 

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