Your local farmers market is a fantastic place year-round to find fresh native produce and get to know others in your community. Farmers markets provide a small slice of Americana that some might think lost, but when you shake the hand of the person who grew the tomatoes that you are having for lunch, a fundamental shift occurs in your thinking and eating process, which becomes more real with each juicy bite.
With the renewed focus on local eating and sustainable living, farmers markets are on the rise all over America, especially big cities where the neighborhood markets promote a friendly, community vibe that isn’t easily found elsewhere these days. Depending on the season and your location, you will find a variety of offerings on hand at farmers markets, from fresh cherry tomatoes and ears of corn in the summer to hard winter squash and parsnips for the winter months.
This Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt is great for kids because it focuses not only on seeing different fruits and vegetables, but also on interacting with the produce vendors and local community. When asked where milk comes from, most American children will say “the store” instead of “a cow” – this fun game will teach your brood a thing or two about where their dinner comes from. Get creative and make it into a Bingo card – and don’t forget to add the items you need to make a fresh-from-the-market dinner that night.
Farmers Markets exist in nearly every city in America; find yours (Google your city name with “farmers market”), and then see how many of these fun Farmers Markets things you can spot.
Street musician with a smile
Kid on dad's shoulders
Bouquet of fresh flowers in your favorite color
Fruit that you have never seen before
Farmer with dirt on his or her hands
The smell of something grilling
Bin of bright green apples
Dog with tongue hanging out of its mouth
Fresh organic green beans
Young couple sharing a dish on the curb
Old couple holding hands
Fruit that grows on a vine
Animal other than a dog
Free sample of cheese
Slice of fruit pie
Double stroller with two sleeping children
Something from the ocean
Food truck sidled up to the market
Pot of fresh thyme
Dreadlocked neo hippie selling pipes from a blanket on the ground
Someone taking photos of the market
Child on a leash
Loaf of fresh made bread that is still warm
Someone in sunglasses sipping espresso
Farmer who raises goats
Something grown in the same city you are in
Recipe for fried tomatoes
Herb than begins with 'B'
Item from South America
Heirloom fruit or vegetable, any variety
Something sold in a jar
Vegetable grown under ground
Fruit that is fuzzy