Why You Should Bring Your Baby To The Farmers Market
There are countless reasons to support farmers markets and they can be mutually beneficial for your family and the farmers. You don’t have to worry about the freshness, quality, ripeness, or seasonality at a farmers market.
Your farmer is an expert at growing their crops and you will always find fruits and veggies that are in season and perfectly ripe. But - apart from the tasty foods - there is also an added bonus to bringing your baby. Since babies utilize all of their senses to collect data, your shopping trip becomes a fully immersive learning experience.
Allow your baby to get close to the fruits and vegetables while you pick them and they have the opportunity to see many different shapes and colors in an organic setting rather than only with toys at home. This early introduction will “increase curiosity, attention span, memory, and nervous system development.”
When your baby is a little older, you can allow him to hold the food which gives him the opportunity to grasp and feel new textures. Young toddlers can “help” you put the items in the shopping bags. These little activities will allow them to work on their fine motor skills and cognitive development.
Sound & Speech:
Going on a walk through the market is a great way to get some fresh air and talk to new people. The vendors are always happy to chat about their farm and growing process. If you have a chatty child this can be a great opportunity for them to learn more about the farm to table process. For younger toddlers and babies, chatting up the farmers will help them to learn new vocabulary and teach them how to interact with their community helpers! (http://www.healthofchildren.com/L/Language-Development.html)
Last but certainly not least, let’s not forget the many tasting opportunities! Because the food you can buy at a farmers market is in season it will be so much more tasty than the food at the grocery store. Not to mention, the freshness is unparalleled. In fact, your farmer likely picked the crops right before heading to market. Talk about farm to mouth! Early taste experiences with foods that are as fresh as possible will allow your baby to enjoy a variety of new flavors and is an important factor influencing later health.
Bringing your baby to the farmer’s market will be an important step towards a lifetime of healthy eating after starting baby on solids and will also offer them many opportunities to learn. So grab those reusable totes and support your local farmers.
And if you don’t have the time to buy all the fruits and veggies at the market and turn them into delicious purees for your little ones to enjoy during the week. You know. You can count on Little Foodie Club to do it for you!