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Organic food choices can intrigue young chefs

The word "organic" can be introduced as a new culinary vocabulary word to your young chef. Children who love to cook are intrigued by new ideas, and introducing them to organic food choices can add new interest when they are in the kitchen.

Young celebrity chef cooks organically- Chef Benjamin Ford, son of Harrison Ford, with fresh vegetables from his organic garden
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images
Cook organic
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Older children will want to know the reasons for choosing organic produce and other organic food choices. They will want to know the definition of the word and how farmers who grow organic fruits and vegetables actually go about creating an organic crop. There are also organic dairy products that can be used in preparing recipes.

Shopping for organic food products can be a new shopping experience for young chefs. Reading food labels when searching for organic choices adds to the learning experience. Sarasota has several choices for purchasing organic produce. If your child has ever answered your question as to where they think food comes from with "the grocery store", shopping at a farmer's market can change their answer.

*Downtown Sarasota Outdoor Farmer's Market is open on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. with 70+ vendors. Organic produce is available. Colorful produce will be of interest to young chefs who want to learn to cook with fresh foods. The market is located at the corner of Lemon Avenue and Main Street. You may log on at for more information.

*Old Miakka Farmers Market is sponsored by Old Miakka United Methodist Church every Saturday. The church is located at 1620 Myakka Road in Sarasota. You may call 941-322-1014 for information or check out their Facebook page with oldmiakkafarmersmarket.

*Siesta Key Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Organic produce is available.

Introduce your young chef to cooking with organic food choices. They will enjoy comparing tastes in dishes that are prepared with organic foods. Check out the interesting information in the included video to spark a discussion about organic cooking with your young chef.

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