2012-08-31 / Schools

Farmers markets association invites students to meet the growers

School is back in session, so it’s time for families to think about school lunches and making good choices for sound nutrition. To help families teach their kids about the importance of healthy eating, the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association is offering school-aged children the opportunity to visit the markets and meet the farmers.

“We have found that when kids are involved in the process of selecting their lunch items they become much more interested and engaged,” said Karen Wetzel Schott, operations manager for the VCCFMA.

A study found that for children to maintain a sense of well-being and a healthy weight, they should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as part of their overall diet.

“The goal is to jump-start good nutrition,” said Schott. “If kids learn good habits early on . . . they tend to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout their lifetime.”

As part of an educational outreach, the VCCFMA also works with educators to provide school field trips to the markets by appointment, providing students with an overview of California agriculture.

Ventura has two certified farmers markets: Wednesdays at the Pacific View Mall front west parking lot on Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays downtown at East Santa Clara and Palm streets from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call (805) 529-6266 or visit www.vccfarmersmarkets.com.

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