Are you and your kids tired of being cooped up indoors and visiting the same old boring places near your locality? Want to take a break from the regular visits to the community park? With summer in full bloom, there is no better time to rev up your car engines and visit a farm near you.
Farms are a great destination to visit with your family. Not only do you get to take a break from the screens and the air-conditioning; but you’ll also come across a wealth of learning opportunities. Show the kids some farm animals and connect first hand with the local farmers. Here are six reasons why you should visit a farm at least once in your life, especially during harvest season!
1- Find wholesome and natural food produce
If you are visiting a farm for the very first time, be ready to experience how fruits and vegetables are grown first hand! From planting seedlings inside a greenhouse to picking ripe fruits straight off the vine and popping them right into your mouth- you’ll be in for some serious adventure.
Educate yourself and your family about how the food that is grown on farms is organic and free from all harmful pesticides and genetically modified ingredients. You’ll also find some free-range and organic poultry animals running around. Watch them peck the earth for worms and eat the overly ripened vegetables from the garden! As a result, these chickens lay the most healthy and delicious eggs.
You can even talk to the farmers to guide you through the whole process. When you show genuine interest in the farm, the farmers will be delighted to show you how the food is grown so that you can have full faith that the food you are eating is coming from 100% natural sources.
2- Buy organic food for a fraction of the cost
Farm produce not only looks better but also tastes better than most of the food you have ever tasted in your life. Taste some delicious eggs with bright yellow yolks, thanks to the healthy and stress-free environment in which the hens are raised. The fruits and vegetables taste a hundred times better too!
Don’t forget to buy a stock of groceries as you leave. They cost you a fraction of the price that you pay in grocery stores and will even last you longer. The reason is that the harvest is freshly plucked and as long as store them properly, they might last you for a couple of weeks or even a month!
3- Develop a positive association with nature
Everyone knows that interacting with nature is beneficial for your kids’ health. In fact, according to a recent study, outdoor trips and exposure to nature can reduce stress levels as much as 28% in children. Kids experience so much pleasure and stress reduction when they step outdoors, even for a little while. Imagine how much good a whole day at the farm brings about!
4- Let your children enjoy in a spacious outdoor environment
Let’s be honest. There are very limited spaces in the city where the kids are free to run around. Being parents, we force our children to hold our hands and stay with us at all times. But being at a farm will let you step out of ‘helicopter parent’ zone. The children will fall in love with the large grassy fields and will want to run around all day long.
Let them check out all the animals from a safe distance, pick the grass and play in the giant piles of hay. At the end of the day, you’ll have a bunch of happy kids who’ll be asking you to plan the next visit even before they leave the farm premises.
5- Learn something new
Take this trip as a learning opportunity and learn more about how farm equipment works and different types of animals, fruits and vegetables. Farms often have fun activities planned for kids and adults alike! Take a guided tour or find your way through a corn maze- you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to learning something new.
6- Support local farmers
Last but not the least, support the local farmer community by paying them a visit more often. You can build a strong food system when there is a connection between food producers and food consumers. Encourage other friends and families to visit the local farms around them and support them as a business too! After all, it is a great step towards preserving our agricultural community, flourishing the environment and local food system.
Once you visit a local farm around you, you will return home feeling fresh. It’s a great day trip for the family with added benefits of returning home with a trunk full of fresh groceries. Plan healthy meals for weeks to come and you’ll feel so much better inside out.
So, if you haven’t experienced it already, look for a local farm nearby and visit them frequently. Learn more about the vendors at the farmers market and buy fresh produce from them. Support the local farmers and establish a relationship with them. This way, you will be able to experience the benefits mentioned above and who knows, you might even discover new ones of your own.
So, when are you planning a trip to your local farm?
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