Whoever coined the saying “kids don’t come with an owner’s manual” knew EXACTLY what they were talking about.
I think every parent could agree with me when I say there are certain things you never thought you’d have to teach your child. Thankfully though, the child usually clues you in.
Like when you run out of milk.
You see, a few weeks ago my 4-year old daughter asked me for a glass of milk. When I told her it was all gone, my 5-year old son promptly chimed in to say, “It’s ok! We can get more from the store!”
THAT, my dear friends, was my clue that I had to teach them something.
His enthusiasm added fuel to a burning issue that I, quite honestly, had put off for too long. Here I am, a real food blogger, and it’s entirely possible that my own kids think their food “comes from” the store?!
In their defense, I can see their logic. We do go to the store to buy some of our food. We also go to the farmer’s market and even a few items are delivered by UPS. But neither the store, market nor Amazon are the true sources of our food.
Our food comes from God’s earth. We give it water, God gives it sunlight and He causes the plants to grow. He is the ultimate source of our provisions. That is the long overdue lesson I taught my kids last week when we went to a local u-pick farm and filled cute little green buckets to the brim with deep red and perfectly ripe strawberries.
Note to new parents – add that lesson to your ever-growing, fly by the seat of your pants hand-written manual.
My super sweet friend Kelly has blessed me with the opportunity to guest post at The Nourishing Home today. From harvest to table, I shared the story of teaching my kids where food comes from thanks to a wonderful trip to a local u-pick farm.
Do you have to wash the fruit from a u-pick farm? Is it any cheaper than buying the food at the store? Will the kids be too stuffed with juicy berries to take part in a conversation? Is there such a thing as too many berries?
Head over to find the answers to these questions, plus resources to find your own u-pick farm and 22 strawberry recipes to make you want to eat your screen!