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Visit local farmers markets to encourage children to eat better

It's no secret, most children resist healthy eating. If it is green, orange, or came from the produce section of the local supermarket, chances are they aren't going to eat it.

This summer take a moment and visit some of the local farmers markets in your area. Not only are you supporting local businesses, but children can see the different varieties of fruits and vegetables. Because they are grown locally, there is a good chance that little to no chemicals are used on the produce, which will make them taste better. Take a bag for you and for your child and let them pick out 5 fruits and vegetables, one for each night of the week. Tell them to pick out at least one produce item that they haven't tried before.

If your child is still reluctant to try produce, look up reciepes for different ways to cook certain fruits and vegetables. Some children may not eat a vegetable if it is steamed, but may eat it if it is uncooked. Some good places to look for recipies are Betty Crocker, Cooks, and Allrecipes.

Local Farmers Markets:

Aurora, IL:

Aurora Farmers Market ATC: Aurora Transportation Center Rt 25 Aurora

Saturdays June 12th through  October 23rd 2010 from 8am until Noon

Aurora Farmers Market West: West Plaza Shopping Center 1901 West Galena Blvd Aurora

Wednesdays July 7th through September 15th 2pm until 6pm

Naperville, IL:

Naperville farmers Market Association: Fifth Avenue Station Parking Lot

Saturdays June through October 7am- Noon (For more information call 630-369-5638)

Naperville Farmers Market At English Rows Towne Centre: Southwest side of 103rd and Rt 59 intersection

Mondays mid-May through September 3pm until 7pm

We Grow Dreams Garden Market: Freedom Commons, Freedom Drive between Diehl Rd and Interstate 88

Saturdays starting May 15th through the end of October www.freedomcommons.com

Dekalb:

Dekalb Farmers Market: 4th and Grove across the street from City Hall

Thursdays June through October from 12 until 6pm

Sycamore:

Sycamore Farmers Market: Downtown Sycamore

Sundays June through September

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