Five Important Lessons Kids Can Learn at the Farmers Market (free printable)

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When the weather is warm, there’s nothing like visiting the farmers market with the family! Not only can we stock up on fresh fruits & veggies, but there’s also plenty of opportunities for learning at the farmers market!

In my family, we’re self-professed “foodies.” We’re willing to give (nearly) any dish a try once and look forward to the opportunity to cook our meals with fresh fruits and vegetables when they’re in season. While we have created vegetable gardens in our backyard, sometimes the yield just isn’t enough for my growing boys…so we’ll take a visit to the farmers market!

Yes, visiting the farmers market with kids can be stressful. It can be a hectic experience and it likely could be easier to order a food delivery. But, there are just so many opportunities for learning at the farmers market that, if you have a local farmers market available, you should really give it a try.

With a little planning, a visit to the farmers market with kids can be educational, fun, and delicious! Coming up, I’m sharing 5 lessons kids can learn at the farmers market and (surprise!) freebie printables for fun before, during, and after your visit to the farmers market!

5 lessons kids can learn at the farmers market

Before Visiting the Farmers Market

Sometimes a visit to the Farmer’s Market is a last minute local-travel excursion. Sometimes, though…we homeschool parents will scour the local events listed on social media and plan such experiences way in advance. I’m a good mix of both – you, too?

Should you have the ability to plan for a trip to Farmer’s Market, you may want to turn it into a bit of a unit study! My free Farmer’s Market printable set can help the kids to prepare for, and remember, their visit with resources such as:

  • a Farmer’s Market Word Search
  • a list of 20 Farmer’s Market Vocabulary Words
  • 5 Farmer’s Market Writing Prompts covering Descriptive Writing, Persuasive Writing, Narrative Writing, Informational Writing, and Reflective Writing #yourewelcome
  • a fun Farmer’s Market Scavenger Hunt

Created with upper elementary-age kids in mind, the activity packet is filled with fun & educational activities to help the kids learn about the importance of local farming, sustainability, community entrepreneurs, and more.

To make your Farmer’s Market lessons even more well-rounded, you may consider including some reading activities and a documentary or two! We think these books are worth checking out:

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmer’s Market

A Kid’s Guide to Regenerative Agriculture

From Seed to Plant

Poop on the Potato Farm: A Story About Using Tractors, Poop Spreaders, Semi Trucks, and Other Farm Equipment to Turn Poop Into Money

Farm Anatomy Activities for Kids: Fun, Hands-On Learning

In addition, you may want to check out these documentaries & videos about Farmer’s Markets (of course, I suggest viewing the videos to make sure they’re appropriate for your specific child(ren) first):

The History of Farmers Markets (PBS)

Foodwise series

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Learning at the Farmer’s Market

The kids are prepped and you’re ready to visit the market! There are a number of invaluable lessons the kids can learn during an outing to your local Farmers Market. Here are 5 to get you started:

Food and Nutrition

What better way to learn about food and nutrition than to visit a farmers market with the kids? While at the market, the kids can explore the variety of produce available, learn about seasonal produce and seasonal eating, and discover the nutritional benefit of different foods. In addition to being exposed to a variety of fresh produce, you and the kids may also see fresh baked goods, fresh juices & smoothies, homemade dog treats, and more.

If you notice a booth isn’t terribly busy, encourage the kids to ask questions of the vendors. They can ask questions about where the food comes from, how it’s grown, and even ask for recipe suggestions or preferred food preparation.

image of a farmer holding a wooden crate of fresh fruits ready to go to the farmers market
Have you ever participated in a CSA group? Joining a Community Supported Agriculture group can be a great way to support local farmers.

Math & Money Management

I don’t know about you, but when we visit the farmers market, I always want to buy everything I see. The bright colors of the fresh produce get my eyes wide and my stomach grumbling…it all looks so good!

Farmer’s markets offer the opportunity to explore so many practical lessons in math and money management.

While many vendors likely accept credit card for payment, take this visit as an opportunity to pay for your purchases in cash. The kids can practice counting money to the total, making change, and calculating prices per unit or weight.

Be prepared for the urge to buy “all the things” by setting a budget before your visit. The kids can keep track of the budget and can help to make informed purchase decisions when it comes to making the most of the budget. You can even encourage them to stretch the budget by comparing prices from one vendor to another and, if it feels right, they could even attempt making “deals” with the vendors.

view of hydroponically grown tomatoes
Who knows! You may even find some hydroponic farmers during your visit to the Farmer’s Market!

Social Studies & Community

Whether you live in a small, rural area or a hustle & bustle city, a reoccurring farmers market typically brings in a pretty good number of people. While at the market, the kids have firsthand experiences of local entrepreneurs and community members coming together to buy, sell, and connect.

Not only can the kids learn about the inner workings of the local economy, but they’ll get to experience the social impact of buying locally grown and produced foods and goods. Encourage them to ask the vendors questions such as “how did you get into farming?” and “how did you learn how to (skill required for the goods they’re selling)?”

You know what else you could do? You know, if you’d like to increase the opportunity for a hands-on learning experience? Ask the vendors if they offer tours of their business location or any sort of homeschool class. Many entrepreneurs are happy to share their experiences with homeschool co-ops and groups!

5 important lessons kids can learn at the farmers market free printables

Culture & Culinary Arts

Whenever we travel, I always make sure to include opportunities for trying local dishes. When it comes to a farmer’s market, though, the food comes to you instead of the other way around!

In addition to fresh produce, many farmers markets also host food trucks, restaurant booths, and/or catering companies, allowing for a showcase of a variety of cultural foods, recipes, and culinary traditions. If food allergies and diet allow (and…budget), encourage the kids to try a dish or two from the prepared food options at the farmers market. Allow them to sample new foods, learn about traditional dishes, and ask questions about the dishes being prepared. They may end up leaving the market with a new favorite cuisine!

view of someone purchasing freshly baked bread with cash at a farmers market
Fresh bread is one of my weaknesses!

Environmental Science & Sustainability

Do your kids know where their food comes from? In a recent study, 40% of the children involved “believed that bacon didn’t come from an animal, but instead came from some sort of mythical bacon plant.”

Face. Palm. Repeat repeat repeat.

The literal future is in the hands of our children, so let’s encourage them to be aware of their environment, sustainability, and where their food comes from. While you could “go big” and take the kids on the “Living with the Land” ride at EPCOT (one of my favorite rides!) to learn about farming, might as well start with your local farmer’s market!

While at the market, the kids can learn about different farming practices, how to keep farming sustainable, and the benefits of buying locally grown and seasonal produce. They can learn about composting, reducing food waste (waste not, want not!), the environmental impact of long distance food transportation and production, and even food preservation!

If you ask me, this sounds like a great reason buy some fresh apples to turn into homemade canned applesauce! (It’s one of the first things I’ve ever canned and, believe me, canning is not as scary as I was always led to believe)

visiting the farmers market with kids free printable lessons

After Learning at the Farmers Market with Kids

The refrigerator and the pantry are stocked! After your trip to the market, you likely want to keep the momentum going, right? Well, remember the writing prompts that are included with my Farmer’s Market freebie? Now’s the time to use them!

In addition to completing the writing prompts, you may also consider making a visit to the market a regular outing for the family. Ask the kids their thoughts about their experience and see what they think.

If you didn’t go to the market with a plan, this is also the time to figure out what you’re going to do with all your fresh produce! Encourage the kids to help with with any food preparation and preservation that may be occurring after your visit! I know it can result in a little (sometimes a lot) bit of extra clean up and/or patience, but, trust me, including the kids in cooking meals and such is well worth the effort! After all, being able to cook is an incredibly important life skill, right?

Learning at the Farmers Market free printables

I’d love to hear about your experiences learning at the farmers market with the kids! Share your stories in my free Facebook group, That Homeschool Family Hangout, and make a friend or two at the same time. See you over there!

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

- Elizabeth (and the kids. and the husband. even the dog.)

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

When she’s not busy taking over the world or homeschooling, Elizabeth can be found listening to music (especially The Beatles & Harry Styles!), being silly with her boys, watching movies with family, shopping, or traveling!

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