Summer is upon us. And as a former nanny and new mommy I know what an exciting, special and sometimes terrifying time this can be.
How in the world are you going to occupy your little ones for an entire summer??
And better yet, how are you going to do it without wanting to throw yourself on the ground and let out a cry that would rival only the most evil of children, Caillou. (I’m sorry but I know I’m not alone here, that kid is kind of the devil.)
Let’s face it, there are adult-summer-activities, and there are children’s-summer-activites.
But then, somewhere in a Magical-World-of-Harry Potter-esque middle ground, there are a group of activities that both you AND your little ones will love to do. And I’m here to help you find them!! So I will post 1 activity per week in this little segment, to run through-out the summer.
Rolling right along to week two. We have a nice and easy activity that is sure to delight!
THE FARMERS MARKET
Ever since my days as a nanny I have always looked for ways to get the little ones out of the hosue and keep them occupied. Farmers Markets has always been high up on that list. So last week Reef, our wonderful houseguest Brad (whom, along with his wife Victoria,we would be lost without) and I ventured out of the house (a seemingly rare occurence for me during the week) and walked the mile and a half to a really fun little evening farmers market. This is a weekly market that takes place in the parking lot right next to our Whole Foods. I know some of you may be thinking, that sounds like taking the kids to the super market and that is basically a nightmare… well I disagree and here’s why:
- FOOD– Let’s face it. Farmers Markets are a great place to go and try delicious, fresh, different, AMAZING food. (So if you are trying to diet, or watch your weight… this may not be the place for you.) There are fantastic little easy-up tents that dot the pavement for literally as far as the eye can see. This particular market happens to be focused mainly on these street vendor-esque “pop-ups” and have everything from Thai Food, to Italian Bisto, and even round it out with French Crepes. Then of course there is the produce aspect of it where you can easily walk away with all of your fruits and veggies for the week! And we might as well call a spade a spade here, a sure fire way to get a kid to chill out, is to give them something yummy to munch on! 🙂
- There are plenty of them! One thing I know for sure, is there are Farmers Markets absolutely EVERYWHERE, especially as of late. In our town alone there are at least 3 throughout the week. And one of the great things about that is it allows for some variety. As I mentioned, the market we went to last week focused mainly on vendor foods, while another market held in the mornings focuses mainly on produce and has an incredibly large selection. If you have multiple markets in your town as well, it might be a nice little exploration activity option with the kids. Maybe even make it into a scavenger hunt and help to decide which market suits which needs best for the week. And if you aren’t entirely sure where you can find one near you, please just take a look here.
- They can be educational. Might as well sneak that in there too! There is such a serious need to teach our children about sustainable living, supporting local business and the importance of agriculture . They are the next generation, and we need them to help protect this earth and learn that not everything can, or needs to be, processed. If they start life with an early appreciation for obtaining their food somewhere other than McDonalds or a large chain supermarket, it is something that may be instilled in them for life. (Because one thing I can guarantee is that my son is unfortunately never going to learn how to grow food from me, my thumb is black as the day is long.) I have also found that many of the produce vendors at these markets offer afternoon tours at the farms themselves which could possibly tie into another summer activityyy… but let’s not get ahead of our selves 😉
- And finally it is LITERALLY fun for all ages. Teeny tiny babies like my bub, all the way up to “adults” like me enjoy the Farmers Market. It is a nice way to get outside, they generally have someone playing live music and you get to enjoy a plethura of good food. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take that over sitting in the house watching Caillou any day!!
Now I will leave you with some pictures from our INCREDIBLE evening at the Farmers Market. (Seriously, I had beet risotto AND a strawberry banana nutella crepe… and they were PERFECTION.)
Starting Our Journey
I Almost Forgot to Mention the Fun of People Watching!
Just Some Pictures of My Perfect Little Man, Happy as a Clam as I Ate My Food
And Here’s a Shot of Him Hardly Containing His Excitement as He Helped Me Shop for Produce!
And Last But Not Least: The Crepe. And I Don’t Think I Need to Say Anymore!
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