Farmer’s Market Challenge

By Holly Giles | Field Trips

 How can you turn a morning at the farmer’s market into a homeschool lesson? Follow our morning and we will show you how. I gave each boy $5 and a food challenge to last a week. See how they did… Cowboy was given a $5 challenge to purchase fruit for our family of four for one week Grayson was given $5 to purchase vegetables to last our family for one week.
Grant headed for watermelon, $2.  It’s big and that should last a week, right?  He forgets that watermelon is his favorite, and if we don’t watch him, he will eat the whole thing!
Grayson loves cabbage.  He headed over to pick out the best one he could find for his $2.
It is hard to pay $2 for cabbage that you paid .50 for a few months ago!
Grant is being swayed by peaches and plums for a total of $3.50.  He had to bum a
 buck off his brother to pay for it all.  He convinced him with a juicy plum.
Grayson is now on the hunt for green beans and asparagus.  He only has $2.50 left after
 loaning .50 to his brother.  We were starting to get pretty hot, and I was ready to head out.
  We stopped at the last booth where green beans and asparagus were on the table.
 After weighing out the beans and picking a good bunch of asparagus,
 the total came to $3.00.  When Crockett emptied his pocket and had a frown on his face,
 the stand owner said $2.50 will be fine today!
They did it! Each spent $5 for what they thought would last a week.
Now, I had to buy cucumbers and dill for a pickle recipe I’ll share later, and Florida
avocados were calling my name at 50 cents each!  Cowboy LOVES apples and
begged for a basket for a $1, so I caved. He is soo cute!
We had brought our new market cart on wheels with us for the first time. It seemed
to have very large holes in the frame, but I thought it would be fine.  As we drove
out of the parking lot and I looked in the mirror, I saw a trail of apples in the road!
Cowboy jumped out and collected his treasure and we headed home.
Funny thing is, those avocados were never seen again.
I sure missed them in my salad that night.  We have looked high and low, and
they were too big to fall through the holes.  It is a mystery.
Well, the food did last us about a week.  The cabbage worked in two meals.
The green beans lasted one.  The asparagus was enough for two meals also.
Then, over the weekend we ate at other places twice.
The peaches were very good, we want to make preserves next week!  The plums were
nice and ripe.  Cowboy forgot he did not like granny smith apples so we
 made tarts.  And the watermelon,  well…..
it pays to try a sample.  It was certainly not the best we’ve had, so we shared it.
How about you and your kids doing a grocery challenge?
The boys are learning communication skills by talking to the vendors.  They are having
 to add up purchases and make the change while working on a budget.  They are also learning
how to buy food.  How much it costs versus how far can it go with a family of four
and what happens when you make a poor choice.
Share with us your results!
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