Worthington Farmers Market: April 21

April 20, 2018

 

Feed Your Family Healthy Fare on a Budget

This week's newsletter comes from friend and customer of
the Worthington Farmers Market, Maria Cannon.

 image by: Pixabay

 

If you’re like many, food shopping for a family involves balancing budget concerns with trying to please, sometimes, picky people. And if you throw healthy eating into the mealtime mix, things can get even more complicated.

 

But it is possible to purchase and prepare tasty, good-for-you foods that will put your kids on a lifelong path to healthy eating without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas to get you and your family started.

 

Stock up on Staples

Fill your pantry with inexpensive staples that can be used as the backbone for many meals. Whole-grain pasta and brown rice are a good place to start. Minimally processed quinoa and couscous are also versatile and can serve as side dishes or as key ingredients in main-dish soups, salads, stews and more.

 

Having some canned beans on hand is also a great idea for whipping up quick weeknight favorites such as burritos or black bean burgers. And, if you want to cut costs even further, opt for dried beans. Cook up a big batch in your slow cooker or pressure cooker and store them in the fridge or freezer for later use. 

 

For additional tips on how to eat healthy while sticking to your budget, click here.

 

Embrace Meatless Mondays

Many kids aren’t big carnivores anyway, so why not give them what they want as long as they are getting enough protein and other nutrients from the foods they eat? In fact, a balanced vegetarian diet that includes dairy products and eggs can be healthy for adolescents who choose not to eat meat, according to KidsHealth. And children of all ages can enjoy well-balanced meatless meals, which are beneficial for both the body and the bank balance.

 

Whole-wheat pasta dishes, cheese and veggie mini pizzas on whole-wheat crust, or frittatas are all meatless meals that can be made kid-friendly. To get finicky eaters on board, try letting them select their own toppings or add-ins and helping you put together the finished product.

 

Skip the Supermarket

If your kids are reluctant vegetable eaters, consider shopping at the farmers’ market for fresh finds. Local farmers’ markets often have children's activities that celebrate the season and could help encourage kids to try new foods. Meeting the people who farmed fruits and vegetables they sell can also reinforce kids’ knowledge of the food chain, small-business practices and grassroots marketing.

 

With that in mind, don’t hesitate to explore the entire farmers’ market with your kids before buying anything. Seek out the vendors with the freshest food and lowest prices and don’t be afraid to ask for discounts when buying in bulk or making purchases near the end of the day. Most vendors would rather sell their wares for a little less than pack them up again. Also, shopping seasonally at the farmers’ market will likely yield the best deals and the best-tasting produce.

 

Get Growing

Trips to the farmers’ market may even inspire kids to start their own garden. If time and space is at a premium for you, start small with an indoor or container garden full of easy-to-grow herbs like chives and sweet basil. Or, if you have the patience and plot for an outdoor garden, opt for a mix of fast-maturing produce like lettuce and peas and slower-ripening options including tomatoes, peppers, and pumpkins to help sustain kids’ interest throughout the growing season, according to an article from Rodale’s Organic Life.

 

You can encourage healthy eating by planting some of your child’s favorite fruits and vegetables. Parents and caregivers might also be surprised at what kids are willing to try once they’ve invested a little sweat equity in getting food from the dirt to the dinner table.

 

So, if you’re trying to encourage healthy habits without causing a picky eater panic attack at mealtime a busted budget breakdown at the supermarket, try some of these strategies to save both cents -- and sanity.

 

The Worthington Farmers Market moves outdoors on May 5th

with a new start time of 8:00 AM. Mark your calendars!

 

#worthingtonfarmersmarket  #wfm  #weproduce  #getfreshwithus

 

Market Sprouts is this Saturday 9am-12pm. We're

making the market fun for your little ones!

 

Our vendors for Saturday, April 21st include (in both alphabetical and numerical  order):

 

1    Brown Bros. Farms, LLC
2    A Few Of My Favorite Things...
3    Native Cold Pressed 
4    Stonefield Naturals
5    Black Radish Creamery
5.5    Dos Hermanos Taco Truck
6    Dan the Baker LLC
7    Blue Owl Garden Emporium LLC
8    Gourmet Candy by Karen
9    Colette & Frank's Gluten Free Goodness, LLC
10    Blue Jacket Dairy
11    Franklinton Farms
12    Flower Child Granola
13    Worthington Resource Pantry 
14    SaraBee Pure Honey
15    bak
16    Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese
17    The Blueberry Patch
18    Ohiyo Chocolate
19    North Country Charcuterie
20    Kombu Tea
    Ramble Coffee
    Charqui Jerky Co.
21    The Market Sharpener 
22    9N FARM
23    Sunny Meadows Flower Farm 
24    VanScoy Farms
25    Golden Life Dog Food, LLC
26    Lucky Cat Bakery
27    Raven Rocks Initiatives
28    Mockingbird Meadows 
29    Pleiades Maple Products
30    Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
31    Speckled Hen Farm
Info    
32    Spotted Salamander Soap Company, LLC
33    Ohio City Pasta
34    Michael's Artisan Chocolates LLC
35    Florentine's Legacy 
36    Too Good Eats 
37    KALEZEES Kale Chips
38    Hummavore
39    Simple Times Mixers
40    Sweet thing gourmet
41    Gillogly Orchard
42    Gillogly Orchard
43    Oink Moo Cluck Farms LLC
44    Silver Bridge Coffee Company
45    Dana Lee's Bakery & Catery
46    Jorgensen Farms
47    Kingdom Fish
48    The crazy cucumber
49    Fired Up Pizza
50    Mayhem Foods
51    Ohio Farm Direct 
52    Allergy-free Bake Shop dba Soodles Bake Shop
53    Curly Tail Organic Farm
54    JNA BREAD BAKERY
55    Ohio Bison Farm 
56    Honeyrun Farm
57    Rock Dove Farm
 

 

22    9N FARM
2    A Few Of My Favorite Things...
52    Allergy-free Bake Shop dba Soodles Bake Shop
15    bak
5    Black Radish Creamery
10    Blue Jacket Dairy
7    Blue Owl Garden Emporium LLC
1    Brown Bros. Farms, LLC
    Charqui Jerky Co.
30    Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
9    Colette & Frank's Gluten Free Goodness, LLC
53    Curly Tail Organic Farm
6    Dan the Baker LLC
45    Dana Lee's Bakery & Catery
5.5    Dos Hermanos Taco Truck
49    Fired Up Pizza
35    Florentine's Legacy 
12    Flower Child Granola
11    Franklinton Farms
41    Gillogly Orchard
42    Gillogly Orchard
25    Golden Life Dog Food, LLC
8    Gourmet Candy by Karen
56    Honeyrun Farm
38    Hummavore
54    JNA BREAD BAKERY
46    Jorgensen Farms
37    KALEZEES Kale Chips
47    Kingdom Fish
20    Kombu Tea
26    Lucky Cat Bakery
50    Mayhem Foods
34    Michael's Artisan Chocolates LLC
28    Mockingbird Meadows 
3    Native Cold Pressed 
19    North Country Charcuterie
55    Ohio Bison Farm 
33    Ohio City Pasta
51    Ohio Farm Direct 
18    Ohiyo Chocolate
43    Oink Moo Cluck Farms LLC
29    Pleiades Maple Products
    Ramble Coffee
27    Raven Rocks Initiatives
57    Rock Dove Farm
14    SaraBee Pure Honey
44    Silver Bridge Coffee Company
39    Simple Times Mixers
16    Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese
31    Speckled Hen Farm
32    Spotted Salamander Soap Company, LLC
4    Stonefield Naturals
23    Sunny Meadows Flower Farm 
40    Sweet thing gourmet
17    The Blueberry Patch
48    The crazy cucumber
21    The Market Sharpener 
36    Too Good Eats 
24    VanScoy Farms
13    Worthington Resource Pantry 
Info    
 

Our Musical Entertainment sponsored by The Market Sharpener: Columbus Folk Music Society

 

Join us this Saturday, and every Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm inside The Shops at Worthington Place!

 

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at worthingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com. See you at the market!

 

The Worthington Farmers Market is an event of the Old Worthington Partnership.

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