Oklahoma farmer's markets
are an explosion of great home-grown produce this month. Plan a trip
to the farmer's market so students can talk to fruit and vegetable
growers and get excited about eating the delicious, nutritious produce
that grows in our state. Many markets
across the state are open through mid October. Some are even open through the winter. Oklahoma students
need to eat more fruits and vegetables. We remain near the bottom
of all states for eating what is recommended.
Ehlert, Lois, Market Day: A Story Told With Folk
Voyager, 2002. (Grades PreK-2)
The illustrations are from folk art around the world,
with bright visions of chickens, veggies, farms and the road to the market.
Lin, Grace, The Ugly Vegetables, Charlesbridge, 2009.
A little girl is distressed by the ugly vegetables
her mother is growing, compared with the pretty flowers grown by
their neighbors, until her mother uses the vegetables to prepare
a delicious soup. The neighbors are soon trading their flowers for
the soup. Includes a list of the "ugly" Chinese vegetables
and a recipe for the soup.
Parks, Carmen, Farmer's Market, Sandpiper, 2003. (Grades
The story, set in the American Southwest, is of a family
trip to the farmers market through the eyes of a young girl.
Rendon, Marcie R., and Cheryl Walsh Bellville, Farmer's
Market: Families Working Together, Carolrhoda, 2001. (Grades 3-6)
An introduction to farmers' markets, with photos, as
seen through the eyes of two successful truck-farming families. Emphasizing
the family cooperation required to keep a farm going, and with a special
focus on the children's participation, the book also concentrates on
moments in the growing season, from the planting of greenhouse seedlings
to fall harvests, noting farming techniques and equipment.
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma
Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture,
Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.