Fun in the Summer Sun!

Welcome to the 1st of our Fun in the Summer Sun events!

Each Monday until September 7th, Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Sun link-up events.

Here’s the line up:

  • The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
  • The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
  • The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer recipes”
  • The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

Here’s our “Kid friendly summer activity!”

Babydoll and I have a thing for food. Shoot, so does Vince…  We like to eat it, we like to cook it, and Babydoll and I love to shop for it!

One of our favorite summer activities is going to the farmer’s market!

Babydoll at the farmer's market

My sweet little farmer's market helper!

We have one in particular we go to.  This is partly because I sold cupcakes there last summer {it was fun, the cupcakes were a hit, but man was it hot and a looooong morning}, but also partly because it’s just the right size for the whole family, there’s a great variety of stuff there, and it’s in the cutest little community.

I’m not selling this summer, but we still plan on hitting up the farmer’s market as much as possible.

We love the farmer’s market for many reasons:

  • there is great seasonal produce
  • we’re supporting local farmers and businesses
  • there are great baked goods, gifts, kitchen items, food, farm fresh eggs, etc.
  • it’s a great way to spend time together and teach your child about seasonal eating, supporting local agribusiness and small businesses, and it can quickly become a tradition

Want to know how you can make the farmer’s market a super fun place for your kids?

  1. Make farmer’s market time special time – Generally it’s been just Babydoll and I at the farmer’s market {although Vince did help on occasion}.  This quickly became our special time, where we’d walk around leisurely, chat, people watch, and plan meals and gifts for others together.  We look forward to market time with each other.
  2. Start market traditions – One of our traditions is to have tea at the local tea shop.  We don’t do it every time we visit the market {afternoon tea is a tad expensive}, but we enjoy it when we can.  We also choose a lunch or dinner for market day and try to purchase as much of the ingredients as possible from the market.  Traditions make market time even more special.
  3. Give your child some spending money – Many times farmer’s markets are great places to find inexpensive treasures.  Even giving your kid just five dollars can get them a wealth of goodies.
  4. Create a market treasure hunt – Put together a treasure hunting list for your market.  Can your kids find something green?  What about something with butter in it?  How about farm fresh eggs?  There are tons of things they can look for!
  5. Get to know the vendors – Many of the vendors at the local farmer’s market will be there each time the market is open.  Get to know them!  They can be a wealth of information about local products, where and when to get certain items, and they also tend to give free goodies to cute little people!
  6. Give each child a market bag – This doesn’t need to be anything fancy, even a canvas tote would work just fine.  There’s something about carrying your “own” bag of stuff that makes kids feel so big and important!
  7. Visit different farmer’s markets – Our area has quite a few markets, and they each have their own special draw.  Visit different markets and find all the hidden gems!

Not sure where a market is in your area? Check out Local Harvest; you can search for markets, CSAs, co-ops, and other great agribusinesses by city and state or ZIP code.