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 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 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 Farmers Market: 4th and Grove across the street from City Hall
Thursdays June through October from 12 until 6pm
Sycamore Farmers Market: Downtown Sycamore
Sundays June through September