My daughter and I were enjoying an organic, vegetable-filled lunch when I turned to her and asked if she knew where veggies come from. Her answer: “Sure! The store!”
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I almost fell out of my chair laughing. I had spent the past year trying to teach her about the health benefits of vegetables. I spent countless hours in the kitchen whipping up veggies in different ways, hoping she would take a bite. And I’d drive her to vegetable festivals and fairs so that she could see how fun eating healthy could be. But apparently, I forgot to teach her where vegetables are made: the farm!
Luckily, we were feasting on our healthy meal at Earthbound Farms in Carmel Valley, Calif. – the perfect place to walk around and teach my daughter about how vegetables are created. While there, I could also show her crops she had never seen before and continue our chat about vegetables’ health benefits.
Our first stop: Earthbound Farms’ herb garden. My daughter Bella and I walked around the garden and discovered a feast for our senses. We gazed at more varieties of herbs at the farm than either of us had ever seen in a store or on our dinner plate. For example, there were at least four different types of thyme, including Creeping Lemon Thyme and Hi Ho Silver Thyme. All of the herbs gave off a lovely perfume; neither of us could resist smelling each fragrant plant. And Bella listened as I described what each herb was, how they probably tasted and how I would cook them.
Next, we popped into the kids garden — an area where my daughter could run around surrounded by flowers and plants. Every kid needs a break when learning something new, and this was hers. She ran around a stone maze, walked inside a wooden tee pee and looked for ladybugs in the plants.
Once she had her fill of running around, I guided her back to a raspberry patch. There, I tried to explain how farmers plant seeds, cover them with dirt, water the area and then watch everything — including herbs, fruits and vegetables — grow. I also told her that the farmers at Earthbound Farms, according to a sign I had read, like it when “good bugs” hang out because they eat pests that can damage the crops.
Earthbound Farms’ is an organic farm, so I also tried to explain why that made the fruits and vegetables grown there more healthy, or special. But she didn’t quite get the ‘organic’ concept. That’s okay, because now we have an excuse to visit the farm again and continue our vegetable lesson.