Fruit & Veggies

Some time ago, my husband showed me a Ted Talk, and it was about healthy eating, part of this particular talk was asking school kids about fruits and vegetables. They were asked a simple question, ‘What is the name of this item?’ I was shocked and appalled with the answers. These kids had absolutely no idea what an eggplant was, or cauliflower was. They did not know where the foods came from or how they were grown. This (clearly) stuck with me. What are they  being taught in school? What are their parents feeding them?

Here is a link to the TedTalk with Jamie Oliver. The part of the talk I am referring to is about 11 minutes in. I would recommend watching the whole thing. It’s about 19 minutes long.

Don’t you think that it would be cheaper to invest in good healthy food, rather than medical bills later. Granted yes Canada has an excellent medical system but it’s your body! You only get one body.

Nothing like fresh strawberries from your own garden.

Nothing like fresh strawberries from your own garden.

My daughter is going to know what fruits and vegetables are. She is going to learn where they come from, there importance and how to grow them. We have a small garden and are currently planning to expand it. I want her to taste how sweet and fresh a tomato is supposed to taste.

Blackberries and plums! Yum Yum

Blackberries and plums! Yum Yum

I grew up with a backyard garden, it wasn’t big but it didn’t need to be big. I remember sitting in the garden picking sweet peas off the vine and would eating them right then and there. We had raspberries, oh those were delicious. It was our summer chore to fill an ice cream pale once every two weeks. We would be so full that dinner wouldn’t get eaten. Our fingers were stained and our bellies were full.

Fresh vegetables from our Saturday morning visit to the Farmers Market.

Fresh vegetables from our Saturday morning visit to the Farmers Market.

What we aren’t currently growing in our yard, we buy from the local market every Saturday. After swimming lessons we walk to the market and do a little shop. Its local, tasty and cheap. The farmers go out that morning, pick there produce, put it in the back of the truck and off to the market!

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Do you grow your own food? Or have a local market?

xoxo Ashley

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