Our twins started kindergarten this month. It’s a fun time to be a mom and to see their world expanding. Change is good.
One of the ways I wanted to stay involved in my kids’ school day is to pack a school lunch for them. Like many moms, I want to offer my kids nutritious food but I also want them to eat it. For us, we have food sensitivities and I’ll also admit that I like the idea of my kids having food from home, prepared by mom.
It’s already been a challenge to figure out what to pack. I see us getting stuck in a food routine, partly by the limitations of making food that will hold up in their lunch boxes, and partly because like most kids, mine like what they like.
I thought I’d get some inspiration from our local farmers market. My twins both seek out and enjoy vegetables and fruit, and already at 5 years old they know that food “from the farmer” tastes better, and it’s a lot more fun to shop for.
So it was a sunny September Saturday when we popped in to the Arlington Farmers Market. My daughter was with me, and as she’ll remind you, she’s completely grown, so she had her own shopping basket of course. There was also a local art fair and music happening that day.
It’s so nice to see friends and people you recognize at the market. It had been too long since we visited, but it was like stepping back into a familiar routine, a kind of relaxed food experience that reminds me of that closer connection I felt to food as a child in Asia and as a young adult in Europe. When you buy something knowing you’re going to eat it that day or the next, choosing the ingredients becomes part of the meal, too.
We found plums, peaches, and our favorite tomatoes at Garden Treasures Nursery & Organic Farm. From Arial at Misty Mountains Farm we got gluten-free cookies and bread we ate right away, as well as a pizza crust and, um, more cookies.
I’m still working on those school lunches. My daughter just announced that she wants to try the hot lunch at school, too. With two kindergarteners, I know I have a lot of change in my future, with food and everything else.
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