One thing that delights my senses is a trip to the
farmers market with my kids. We arrive early on a Friday morning to avoid
weekend crowds and are joined by throngs of retirees and other moms. Quickly we
are drawn into one of our favourite stands and are met with the gorgeous colors
of all the farm fresh vegetables. It is like they have been waiting for us.
All of us immediately find our moods heightened and are exploring the tantalizing
fruits and vegetables with our eyes. We are competing with each other to notice
the amazing foods we have discovered. Hearing lots of "ooos," "aahs," and "look
over here's"! The kids have become just as excited about fresh food as I am.
What really makes me glow is when they discover a new food and are curious to
ask " what's this Mommy?" Then comes the wonderful conversation to discover
something new. I usually answer with "let's give it a try."
This week we discovered the most gorgeous dragon fruit.
I had always been intimidated to try it due to the high cost at our grocery
store. But on this day they looked too enticing to pass up. At the checkout we
asked the clerk if she knew how to eat what we were feeling was an exotic fruit.
She told us to slice it in half and scoop it out. She explained that it would
taste similar to a kiwi.
When we did cut it open, we were delighted to find the
most beautiful colors. Inside was white flesh with small poppyseed like seeds
and the most luxurious pink outside. The color alone was just amazing. We all
sank our spoons in with great abandon and were met with the most refreshing
fruit flavour. Needless to say we devoured it.
The only thing missing was a fear to try something new, and the familiar "I don't like it" before they try.
After years of similar kinds of experiences, I see a wonderful connection with
my kids to food. They want to participate in buying, making, eating and
exploring new recipes with it. Not all discoveries are a home run, but the
conversation is open at least. I hope these experiences will inform them to take
risks in other areas of their lives too as they grow older. In the moment,
though, I am thrilled to have them dive into a box of raspberries or cherries
with the same kind of joy that I have. To giggle and delight in the simple
pleasure of fresh food. That makes me feel good.
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