Strawberry field

I often remind my children that the healthiest food grows right out of the earth.  I want them to know that a healthy earth means healthy people too.  I want them to be aware of where their food comes from and how this can impact their health in positive and negative ways.  We definitely do not eat healthy all the time, old habits die hard, but we are trying to make good food choices often.  We had an opportunity to see healthy food firsthand this week when we visited a local organic strawberry farm.  My two preschoolers were able to see strawberry fields in action and pick their own strawberries.

After spending a little too much time in the sun and stopping to see the farm owner’s kittens, we headed home with seven baskets of hand picked, straight from the earth strawberries!

I washed and cut them and my son helped mash them…

and stirred in the sugar and pectin.

We ended up with twenty jars of strawberry jam.  This was a hands on way to teach my children about healthy food, about the importance of keeping the earth healthy and about some of the time and energy that goes into growing and preparing healthy food.  These jars of jam will serve as a tasty addition to all our picnic lunches this summer.  Peanut butter and jelly anyone?

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