Bringing a Toddler to the Farmers Market


Taking your toddler to the farmers market can be a fun and educational experience for the whole family. At Frisco Fresh Market, we provide an abundance of fresh produce, handmade goods, and delicious treats, making it the perfect place to teach children about the importance of healthy eating and nutrition.

Navigating the farmers market with a toddler may seem daunting, but a little creativity and some of these simple tips can help make the experience engaging and enjoyable for both you and your child.

Make It a Game

Encouraging your child to find different colors of fruits and vegetables is not only a fun way to engage them in the farmer’s market experience, but it also teaches them about the importance of eating a colorful and varied diet. As they search for produce in different hues, you can explain how different colors of fruits and vegetables indicate different nutrients, and how eating a variety of colors helps ensure they’re getting all the nutrients their growing bodies need.


You can also challenge your child to find a specific type of produce, such as green leafy vegetables, orange fruits, or round shapes. Playing “I Spy” helps kids focus on different types of produce and even start to learn about their specific nutritional benefits. For example, you can explain that leafy greens like spinach and kale are rich in iron and calcium, while orange fruits like apricots and mangoes are high in vitamin C and beta-carotene.


Engaging your child in the process of selecting produce not only teaches them about nutrition but can also help them to develop a sense of responsibility and pride in making healthy choices. By making it a game and encouraging them to learn about different types of produce, you are helping to lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating habits.

Try New Foods

Introducing your child to new and exciting foods is an excellent way to get them excited about healthy eating. Encourage your toddler to try different fruits, vegetables, and other healthy snacks at the farmers market. You can expose them to new flavors while teaching them about different types of produce and their nutritional benefits.


For example, if your child has never tried dragon fruit before, you can introduce them to its bright pink color and sweet flavor. You can also explain that dragon fruit is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Similarly, if your child has never tried a vegetable like bok choy, you can show them its unique shape and texture, and explain that it’s a great source of calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin K.


To make the experience even more exciting, you can encourage your child to try exotic fruits like starfruit or durian, or vegetables like kohlrabi or daikon. You can also challenge your child to try a new type of nut or seed, such as hemp hearts or pumpkin seeds. Not only will this help to expand their palates, but it will also teach them about the wide variety of healthy foods available.

Let Them Help!

Letting your toddler pick out and gather fruits and vegetables for the family gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment in helping to select healthy food. To make the experience even more fun and educational, make it a scavenger hunt! Create a list of fruits and vegetables you need, and challenge your child to find each item on the list. This will encourage them to explore the market, with your help, and look for new and interesting fruits and vegetables.


You can also encourage your child to interact with the vendors and ask questions about the produce. This develops social skills and builds confidence in interacting with others. For example, they can ask the vendor about the best way to prepare a particular vegetable, or where a certain fruit comes from.


Another way to engage your child is to let them help you plan meals for the week based on the produce they select at the market. Encourage them to choose a variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure a balanced and nutritious diet. This reinforces the importance of healthy eating habits and teaches your child about meal planning using fresh, seasonal produce.

Make a Snack

There are many creative and easy ways to turn your fresh produce into a healthy and tasty snack the whole family can enjoy. You could make a salad with a variety of fruits your child helped pick out at the market. Or, make a veggie platter with a variety of colorful vegetables and a healthy dip like hummus or tzatziki.


Kids are fascinated by anything that undergoes a transformation, like a smoothie (as it blends) or popsicles (when they freeze). Get creative and use fresh produce to make homemade popsicles, smoothies, or other food transformations. This is a fun and interactive way to get your child involved in the preparation process and teach them healthy eating habits. 


Cooking with your child can also be a great opportunity to teach them age-appropriate cooking skills, such as measuring ingredients and using kitchen tools. This will build their confidence and independence in the kitchen, and might even inspire them to continue experimenting with healthy recipes.


Creating healthy snacks as a family also provides an opportunity for quality time together. By working together in the kitchen, you can bond with your child while teaching them important life skills. Plus, when you sit down to enjoy your healthy snack together, you can celebrate your hard work and the delicious and nutritious food that you have created.

A Frisco Fresh Market Visit is the Perfect Family Day Out

Come visit us at the Frisco Fresh Market and experience the abundance of fresh produce, handmade goods, and delicious treats we offer. Don’t forget to check out our website for weekly events and activities for even more family fun. We look forward to seeing you at the market!


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