This afternoon we took a troop trip to a farmer’s market down the road from my house. It’s one that most of the girls have been to since the kindergarten classes go there for a field trip each year.
The visit ties into the Flower Garden Journey for my Daisies. The Brownies were just along for the ride.
The farmer started out by telling the girls the basics of why farms and farmers are important, and why it’s good to have one near you. Then he took them out into an apple orchard behind the market so the girls could learn about and pick some apples. When they were finished picking, we went back to where we’d started to play a game about the importance of green spaces, local foods, etc…
At the very end, he gave each girl a quince, telling them they had to try to figure out what kind of fruit it was – preferably without help from parents or the internet. I am going to send an email out to all of the parents asking them to bring the quince in to our meeting on Thursday (if they still have them). I’ll make jelly out of them for the girls.
We’re also going to make applesauce at our meeting on Thursday. It’s been in my head for the girls to do it, and it will carry over nicely from this visit.
*Adding one thing regarding the quince. While introducing the fruit, the farmer stated that, “it can be used in jelly and in 17th century Dutch still life paintings.” I thought that last bit rather funny.