Going to the farmer’s market is an experience every child should have. It’s a great opportunity to get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and instill in our children several great learning opportunities (cleverly disguised as fun, of course). The Tanglewood Farmer’s Market is back for the 3rd year and will be open Saturdays through October 29th, from 8:30 am—12 pm. Local produce is brought in from farmers from Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties and the presentation includes a diverse selection of seasonal produce. We all want our kids to eat healthier, and arming our children with the knowledge of where food comes from is an important first step. Consider the following and make plans to take advantage of the local farmer’s market.
- What real food is. If you’re living in any American suburb, your children are likely to think that most food comes in brightly colored packaging. Taking your child to the farmer’s market demonstrates an understanding of where real food comes from. Those French Fries they love were once a potato, after all!
- What different kinds of farms there are. Not every farm is home to a cow and a chicken! And at the same time, not all farms grow tomatoes! At a farmer’s market, your children can meet and learn from local growers about the different types of farms there are; moreover, they can hear about the differences between organic and conventional farming methods.
- The seasonality of produce. Since the dawn of the modern grocery store, children in suburbia have grown less and less aware of the realities of seasonal produce. Learning that different produce grows at different times of the year can help children understand about freshness and why certain foods, like tomatoes, taste better during certain seasons.
- Transported food versus locally grown. When children understand the seasonality of produce, they can begin to understand the impact of transporting it long distances, especially on the environment. Most science classes teach about the importance of taking care of the environment… this is a part of that! “Local” means fewer emissions into the air.
- The names of produce. In 2010, Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” asked a student to identify some produce. Infamously, the student identified a tomato as a potato. Becoming familiar with the names of produce can help eliminate the fear of trying new foods.
- What goes into a meal. When children understand what fruits and vegetable are and can call them by name, they are more likely to be accepting of those fruits and vegetables on their plates, especially if they are a part of the cooking process. Meeting local growers enables them to ask questions and learn about how to prepare different fruits and vegetables.
Much work goes into the Tanglewood Farmer’s Market, including the hours spent by The Village of Clemmons and Tanglewood Park, and the support of many volunteers. A weekly visit is a great way to spend time together as a family, and your children will have so much fun, they’ll hardly realize they are learning in the process.
While vendors are added throughout the season, the current Farmer’s Market Vendors include:
- Amy Stinson Sloop Homemade Goods
- Crescent Goodies
- D&H Shiloh Farm
- Green Market Garden
- K9 Bakery and Boutique
- Kieffer Farm
- Le Pa Faith Farms
- Majestic Family Farm
- Mousavi Farm
- Muddy Creek Farm
- No Goats No Glory
- Organix Juice Bar
- Rock House Bakery
- Romindale Farm
- Still Meadow Farm
- Sundance Farm
- Sunrise Worm Castings
- The Home Place