Nothing teaches children to love vegetables like having them reach into the dirt past bugs, grubs and worms until they find an orange, yellow or purple root to be yanked out. Once it’s out, they will remark:
“My word father! That’s a spectacular shade of orange! How delicious that will taste once we remove the grime. Please. Can I eat one now?”
Truthfully, my oldest son does like some veggies. Peppers. They’re red! And sweet. Beans. He grew them!
A dirty, gnarled root like a carrot or a potato… well that’s a tougher sell. My theory is that the love of eating something starts with a fascination for its biology. Who doesn’t love to eat frogs? None of us did before we dissected one in high school, right? But now… you bet.
So, get ’em started early in understanding where these gnarly roots come from. Let them watch the seeds go in for carrots. Watch the potatoes go in. Watch them turn into plants! And then, let them reach in and pull the things right out of the ground.
We’ve been slowly pulling carrots and potatoes. But it was time to strike the set at least for the carrots. I’ll grab a few more potatoes and I don’t plan on pulling them all until the stalks have died back.
So, grab yourself a gnarly root, wipe it down and cook it up!