March is National Nutrition Month, so choose any day you wish to emphasize this celebration with your children. Use this opportunity to introduce the kids to the four major food groups, especially fruits and vegetables. Talk with your children about how our bodies need foods from each of the groups everyday in order to grow and stay strong and healthy. Introduce a study of the fruits and vegetables you have at home, then visit one of the U-pick farms to show the kids how fresh produce grows in nature.
Although south Florida is not a major farming area, we do have our fair share of fruits and vegetables to offer education to the kids. Below are a few farms in Broward County where you and the kids can go pick produce, buy some homemade products and just spend a day outdoors with nature.
Broward Gardens/Natural Wonders Landscape:
This U-pick farm has a wide variety of vegetables to offer. Look for tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, kohlrabi, peppers, broccoli and herbs. They also have strawberries that are picked from vertical planters. The produce is grown organic, although they are not certified organic.
They also have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program where people sign up in the summer to buy a share of the harvest that is cultivated in the late fall. The people in this group plan days to pick the harvest and even volunteer a few days of work on the farm.
The days and hours of operation are:
Monday – closed
Tuesday – Saturday from 9am to 5pm
Sunday – from 10am to 4 pm
They remain open until the harvest is finished.
Location: 5461 Johnson Road in Coconut Creek, FL
Call 954-840-8703 or visit their website.
Fuller’s Farmers Market and U-Pick:
This farm and market sells peppers and tomatoes. They also grow and sell strawberries from upright planters. With beehives on their farm, they sell delicious local honey.
Hours – daily from 9am to 5:30pm
This market is open all year.
Location: 7250 Griffin Road in Davie, FL
Call 954-583-5037 for more information or visit their website.
After visiting the farms and picking your favorite fruits and vegetables, do this craft at home to enhance your visit and learning about foods and nutrition. Invite the kids to look through magazines and seed catalogues and cut out pictures of good nutritious foods, maybe even the produce you picked at the farms. Let the glue these pictures to a paper plate.
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