Riverford Wicked Leeks

do your kids know their veg?

Thursday 8th July 2010

It’s not always easy to convince children of the joys of fruit and veg. Early this summer The Telegraph said that only one in five children is getting their full ‘five-a-day’. So why won’t some kids eat their greens? On our farm tours we find that even the most initially unimpressed child is soon eagerly clasping bunches of basil and handfuls of tomatoes and can’t wait to taste them. We really believe that the more engaged you are with your food – whether that’s knowing a bit about where it comes from, helping to grow or harvest it or cooking with it – the more likely you are to eat it. So we’re setting ourselves – and you – a challenge to find out whether Riverford (and non-Riverford) kids know and like their veg.

school holiday activities
The first part is the Kids’ Veg Challenge itself. Very soon we’ll email you a quick online challenge for your kids to complete. We’ll ask which fruit and veg they recognise, which they eat, which they love and which they just can’t stand. If you have friends and family who would like to take part, please send it on to them (Riverford customer or not). We can’t promise that your kids will start gobbling their greens with renewed enthusiasm straight away, but we hope it will get them interested.

The final, ongoing part of the challenge is a series of weekly vegbox-based activities to keep you and your kids busy through the summer. This will be everything from making chocolate beetroot brownies and fruit necklaces to growing your own cress heads. There’ll be plenty to do, make and eat to last through the holidays. If you want to get these weekly activity emails you can choose to receive them at the end of the online veg challenge.

If you have teenagers who want to know more about fruit and veg, try sending them away to Root Camp in Devon this autumn half term. It’s a residential cookery school run by our friend Cassia, where your 14-18 year olds will get hands-on experience working in our fields and learning what to do with the fruits of their labour in the kitchen. You can find out more at www.rootcamp.co.uk