It’s the season of holiday celebrations and tasty food! What better way to celebrate than by visiting local farms or farmers markets to enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce? Buying local produce and sharing the food with children creates an opportunity to discuss local farming, how things grow, and the importance of fresh, nutritious food.
The Bay Area offers a variety of locally grown produce, especially during the fall and winter, including persimmons, pumpkins, and even chestnuts! Palo Alto Online recently shared an article with information about a local chestnut farm located in San Mateo County. Skyline Chestnuts in La Honda is open Wednesday through Sunday for visitors to hand-pick their own chestnuts.
Fresh Produce in the Classroom
Many children will not have seen freshly picked chestnuts before, and bringing them into the classroom can create a fun learning opportunity. While peeling the chestnuts might be tricky for small fingers, you can demonstrate how cooked chestnuts are peeled, or cook half of the chestnuts and leave half raw so that children can compare the difference and notice how the food changed after it was cooked. Bring out the magnifying glasses so that children can look closely and investigate!