Farm StandLast week I made some Swiss Chard with Garlic using fresh Rainbow chard from the farmers market. The kids hadn’t really taken to Swiss Chard in the past, but this time they were intrigued by the beautiful pink and green stems and the smell of garlic in the kitchen. At dinnertime, they tasted the wilted green leaves a little skeptically, but were pleasantly surprised with the flavor. Both of them finished their servings of vegetables that night and Celia had seconds.

The summer is a fantastic time to get our kids trying some new fruits and vegetables.  One of my favorite ways to get them interested in being more adventurous eaters is by taking them with me to the farmer’s market and letting them pick a new fruit or vegetable to try (my other favorite way is by having them grow fruits and vegetables in the garden with me.)

Farm MarketThe farmer’s market is such a great place to stimulate our healthy appetites. The fruits and vegetables are displayed so lovingly by the farmers who grew them to make them look appealing and we know they are as fresh as it gets. I like to talk to the farmers about their favorite ways to prepare the produce to get some new ideas.

Our farmer’s market also has live music, chef demos, lots of foods to taste, and plenty of adorable dogs to meet, so it’s an ideal place for a family outing. This weekend consider taking your child(ren) to the market with you to pick some new foods. Afterwards, you can go home and decide what to make and cook together. I’m willing to bet even picky eaters will be more likely to try something they helped choose and prepare at the festive farmer’s market.

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Recipe: Swiss Chard with Garlic

  • Total Time: 25 min(s)
  • Servings: 6
  • Try something new at the farmers' market -- like this Swiss Chard.

    Ingredients

      • 1 head Swiss chard
      • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
      • 1 tsp. minced garlic, or more to taste
      • 1/4 tsp. salt
      • 2 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

    Instructions

      Wash 1 head of Swiss chard thoroughly and trim the ends of the stalks.  Coarsely chop the leaves and stems.  Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet and add 1 tsp. minced garlic (about 2 cloves).  After 30 seconds - 1 minute, when the garlic starts to brown, add the Swiss chard and 1/4 cup water, cover it and reduce the heat if necessary to steam the chard for about 10 minutes.  Remove the cover, raise the heat to medium, and let the chard cook, stirring occasionally, until it is very tender, about 10 more minutes.  Top it with a little salt and shredded Parmesan cheese before serving.

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