Best Way to Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies 

Farmers' Markets

Forget Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious cookbook with tips on how to sneak vegetables into children's mac-n-cheese or mashed potatoes. A regular trip to the Franklin Farmer's Market (or any local farmers' market for that matter) is the best solution, and you don't even have to be tricky. Outside of the grocery store setting, kids are drawn to the rainbow colors in local produce—purple Muscadine grapes, yellow and green zephyr squash, indigo blueberries, scarlet tomatoes—and they develop relationships with the farmers and their families. After visiting the Delvins' farm and seeing where the vegetables come from, or getting to know Jim and Julie Vaughn's young boys, who have "helped" their parents' farm since they could walk, children connect those pleasant experiences to food and community, and their world is a bigger place. And while you're at the Franklin Farmers' Market, be sure to feed them one of Mrs. Norton's chocolate zucchini muffins—they'll never know the difference. GALYN GLICK MARTIN

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