March 13, 2007
Slowly waking up from the long, cold winter slumber, the springtime world offers much to marvel at.
Indeed, springtime can be a wondrous time of year particularly for small children as they begin to
actively explore and observe the changes in the world around them. Reconnecting with the soil in
family and community gardens, with local farms, and renewing CSA subscriptions are all wonderful
ways of teaching children about the natural rhythms of seasons and growing cycles.
Photo by Mitchell's Farm
These farm-to-table activities are also powerful ways of countering the increasingly commodified and
consumer-oriented world of childhood. This month we look at how selling kids' food has become big
business, and how parents can teach their children about "real food".
Buy Fresh, Buy Local for Healthy Kids
Over the last thirty years grocery stores have been transformed from sedate outlets for ingredients
to a dizzying Disneyland of processed snacks disguised as meals. The shelves are lined, floor to
ceiling, with supposedly kid-friendly foods. Most are shrink-wrapped and packaged in countless clever
ways with shiny, colorful, and crinkly foils and plastics. Frozen foods are marketed as timesaving,
healthful options for "families on the go." And ready-made cereal bars, juice boxes, and pre-packaged
school lunches are now staples in the average busy American household.
"Fast food" has come to mean more than just the occasional "Happy Meal" picked up from the drive-thru.
A reliance on convenience now anchors the entire industrial food production chain that mass produces
and mass markets processed, nutrient-deprived food for young consumers. It is a devastating fact that
children are most directly impacted by our societal disengagement from our food sources.
From the LocalHarvest Catalog:
With Spring's approach, succulent salad greens will soon be appearing in the farmer's market. You can
dress yours in style with our farm-pressed California olive oil,
gourmet smoked sea salt from Maine, fresh meyer lemons,
and aged garlic vinegar. Your taste buds will sing!
Been meaning to join a CSA this season? There's still time! Click here to find a
CSA farm near you.
Ordering garden seeds also on your To Do list? Get yours here, direct
from family farmers.
Farming for the Future - A great farming movie!
We just saw an excellent short film about organic farming and want to recommend it. It features several
organic farmers from Ohio; they describe why and how they came to organic farming and it is beautiful.
Definitely worth 15 minutes of your time!
(View it Here)
Nancy's Nutrition Corner: Amazing Avocados
Since ancient times, people have been cultivating avocados in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.
Several LocalHarvest farmers in Southern California also grow avocados, and this year's harvest is in! This is
the best time of year to enjoy their great taste and incredible health benefits.
As always, thanks for your interest in and support of LocalHarvest.org! See you next
month, and until then, take good care and eat well!