Posts tagged "Illinois Farm Families"

"PORK-a-pa-ZOO-la" comes to the Lincoln Park Zoo

"PORK-a-pa-ZOO-la" comes to the Lincoln Park Zoo
This one is for all you piggie lovers out there! Come visit with Illinois Farm Families at Lincoln Park Zoo on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at their “Pork-a-pa-Zoo-la” event! In the Farm-in-the-Zoo area, your family will learn about farming — everything from planting soybeans to raising pigs, while meeting farmers and participating in... Read more »

Go on a Farmtastic Foodtrek with Illinois Farm Families

Go on a Farmtastic Foodtrek with Illinois Farm Families
Grocery shopping with kids in tow can be kind of a nightmare. It might not be a nice thing to say . . . but it is unequivocally true. My three kids tend to touch everything in sight as they race around the store asking, "Mom, can we get this??? Please Mom? PLEASE!!" Sometime we're lucky if we get out of there with all of the ingredients we need to actually make dinner. Despite my best intentions when I set off to grab groceries with my brood, these trips often end up being exhausting for all involved. But this is just a fact of every day family life for most moms that I know. However, I also truly believe that all of the hassle associated with these excursions is absolutely worth it. Kids need to accompany mom and dad to the grocery store and the farmers' market so they can learn why we skip the sugar cereal and Twinkies in favor of whole fruits and veggies. They need to understand how a handful of ingredients becomes pesto pasta and why we try to buy in season when we can (both for health and economic reasons). So listen, I definitely get that it isn't always easy to bring your kids along to the store with you . But your weekly grocery run truly is a great chance to get kids interested in meal preparation and making healthy food choices. And it doesn't stop there. Illinois families are fortunate to have opportunities to really make the connection between farm and table by learning more about local agriculture and how it impacts us every single day. To that end, Illinois Farm Families just launched a program that will make shopping with the kiddos a whole lot more interactive and educational (plus you could win a ton of free groceries). This is an opportunity that social media savvy families cannot pass up...