Did you know that June was National Fruit and Veggies Month? I’m sure if you are a parent, then you think about fruits and veggies on a daily basis- how you are going to cook, serve and /or sneak them into your kids’ diet.
On average, the typical American doesn’t consume the recommended allowances on a daily basis. And living in Sacramento, we shouldn’t have an excuse, since we are lucky enough to be surrounded by so many farms and opportunities to purchase fresh and organic produce. Now that June is here- spring and summer is the best times to take advantage of the local Farmers Markets to see what is in season and to possibly try new things.
Luckily for us, we have many markets to choose from in Sacramento.. And for some, it’s more of a fun family outing than just going to shop for produce.
Many of the markets cater towards entertaining the whole family. On Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings, head out to Davis for their “Picnic in the Parks”. Located at Central Park on 4th and C Streets in Davis- from mid-March until the end of October, you can take the family out to find seasonal goodies and enjoy live music from local bands, have dinner from vendors at the International Food Faire and even purchase beer or wine! Other entertainment includes bounce houses for the kids, pony rides, clowns, face painting and more!
If you are looking to stay more local than a drive out to Davis, then check out the popular Farmers Market on Sunday mornings “under the freeway”. Every Sunday (year round) from 8am-noon on 8th and W Street, you can purchase fresh fruits, veggies, meats, seafood, cheeses and more. Not as much entertainment for the kids at this market, but it is located next to Southside Park, a great kid- friendly destination.
On Thursday evenings, join locals at the new West Sacramento Farmers Market at 1271 West Capital Ave. From 4:30- dusk, enjoy dinner from one of the local food vendors, listen to live music and see what is happening each week as they have different events and entertainment each week. One week they had a family story time, another was a visit from Dilly Dally the Clown…check out the schedule to see what’s next!
On Wednesday mornings, take a stroll through downtowns Cesar Chavez park located at 910 I Street. From 10am-1:30pm through October you can visit local growers and purchase some greens.
For a list of local markets in your area check out http://www.california-grown.com/Market-times.html You will find a market on most days of the week through the greater Sacramento area.
If you have kids- you know it can be a challenge to get them to eat their veggies. However, if you include them in the process of picking them out, preparing and serving them, they will be more likely to try new things and hopefully eat their veggies.
Although- sometimes this tactic doesn’t always work with my 3 year old, but I still try…heck, I spent the afternoon baking Beet Cookies! They were definitely NOT a hit in our house, but as long as we keep going and she gets the opportunity to pick them out and try new things- I feel like I’m doing the best I can as a mom to get her to eat her veggies!