We wrote recently about helping kids develop their taste buds: Karen LeBillon’s 2nd book “Getting to Yum: Curing and preventing picky eating”, endorsed by a Harvard Medical School pediatrician, helps with taste training for kids.
The other things that help is to see where food comes from. Showing this to kids directly works amazingly, as UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver demonstrated through his work with schools. Here is a video showing school kids who could not identify a potato from a tomato!
Farmer’s markets can help with that. Summer is a great time to visit one – and here are the listings for Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. The best is when your kids can actually speak with the vendors and ask what they are passionate about – markets are full of creative people who are driven by their love of what they do, and it’s so interesting to discover the people behind the produce and the products.
If you can’t make it to a farmer’s market, there are some great online resources on “farm to table” food. Enjoy!
Alexandra T. Greenhill, MD, CEO cofounder myBestHelper