Do your children think that vegetables only come in cans or in frozen form? Many children have never had the opportunity to find out where vegetables really come from. Mrs. Obama has created a lot of interest in gardening with her White House garden. She consistently involves children in Washington in planting and harvesting the vegetables every year. Sarasota has several farms and gardens that invite families to come and pick their own vegetables. Families may also pick their own fruit. Fresh produce appears regularly here in farmers' markets for families to buy from local farmers.
Choosing a favorite book to read before going to one of the farms or gardens to pick vegetables is a great way to introduce to your children the idea that vegetables really do come from the earth. "Growing Vegetable Soup" by Lois Ehlert is a beautifully illustrated book to read for story time or the family reading time. The book contains pictures of vegetables that children will want to use to make an Easy Vegetable Soup, and going to the farms and gardens in the List to pick the fresh vegetables for the soup will add to the cooking experience.
Pick up a copy of "Growing Vegetable Soup" by Lois Ehlert and get your children cooking after picking their vegetables in the selected farms and gardens here in Sarasota's List.
Fall arrives this week-end, and picking fresh vegetables for soup will be a nice greeting for the fall season.
Easy Vegetable Soup
*1-2 cans beef stock
*1 can tomato sauce
*Chopped vegetables of choice
*Crockpot and long-handles spoons for stirring.
Combine chopped vegetables with beef stock, tomato sauce, and water in your crockpot. Bring to a boil, lower temperature, and simmer until vegetables are tender.