This past Thursday I took little Maurene with me to quickly pick up our CSA before Audrey got out of school. We saw a friend of the girl's daddy and stopped to chat. (I always stop to chat, but that is beside the point.) She runs a local farm with her husband and so there were a lot of wonderful greens on the table in front of us. After our conversation ended she gave Maurene a broccoli flower. I posted about these flowers previously.
We picked up our CSA and rushed off to get Audrey. In the car Maurene clutched her flower. I offered to eat it for her but she refused. After much prodding I got her to try it. She said she did not like it and handed it to me. I took a bite and then she wanted it back. There was not much left but tender stalk, however, she ate it all. She still claimed to not like it but she chewed and swallowed. I think she was simply trying to express a new idea. She may not have been familiar with the taste and it was different. As a mother I was thrilled. Fortunately I rushed back to purchase a bunch before leaving the market.
For those of you who have not had a chance to catch a local market let me list several for you to consider. Your child just might decided to eat something healthy on the spot.
- Saturday, 7-11AM Downtown Farmers Market, New Hampshire between 8th and 9th
- Tuesday, 4-6PM Downtown Farmers Market, Vermont between 10th and 11th
- Thursday, 4-6:30PM Cottin's Farmers Market behind Cottin's on New Hampshire and 19th
- Thursday, 4-6PM Downtown Farmers Market, West Side at 6th and Wakarusa (needs a new name)
Of course you can always find good, sometimes local, produce at The Merc and sometimes Hy-Vee. You might also consider a CSA. We LOVE Mellowfield Farms but there are several options in town. Check out a wonderful story by Sarah Henning at the Lawrence Journal World. There is information about many of the local CSAs and how to contact them. Take the plunge, it is worth it. We are eating so much better as a family.
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