Let them eat fruit… and vegetables.

All winter long my kids ask me to buy strawberries when we go the grocery store. My reply is usually “those are laboratory strawberries they don’t taste like ‘in season’ strawberries.” I did cave one time when the giant red berries were on sale. The kids all agreed that they didn’t taste as good as fresh strawberries. So we made a deal, when a fruit comes into season I will buy it and buy it and buy it and they will enjoy it and enjoy it and enjoy it. Then we wait until the next season or we eat frozen fruit that was put in the freezer when it was ripe in the garden. In order to fulfill my part of the deal I spend a lot of time at roadside stands and farmers markets. If you are interested in finding local foods in your area check out www.localharvest.org/

The kids and Dave have their favorites. Dave wants lots and lots of blueberries with granola and yogurt. That’s his summer dessert. One morning I offered my five-year-old Stephen cottage cheese with blueberries and peaches. He loved it! The next morning he asked if he could have some of that “summer breakfast.” I think that name will stick, as well as the practice of eating in season fruits and vegetables.

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