Today, however, I found a story that most of us can read and say, "Yep, that makes sense." I can even add my own anecdote to the data. What's the story?
Uh huh. Yep. True. I say as I nod my head while reading the entire article about the research from St. Louis University.
Researchers interviewed about 1,600 parents of preschool-aged children who live in rural southeast Missouri. They found that preschool children who were almost always served homegrown fruits and vegetables were more than twice as likely to eat five servings a day than those who rarely or never ate homegrown produce.
My kid blog is private, but just yesterday I was gloating (GLOATING, I SAY!) about what my daughters chose as a treat after swim lessons: fruit.
How did Phill and I accomplish this? We have pear, apple, peach, and plum trees in the yard. The ones that actually produce fruit. Not those fake things that just stink while they bloom. We have a ridiculous amount of strawberry plants that bear many more than we can really eat. Oh, wait, we also have blueberry bushes from which Phill and I never get to have a berry. Our middle child eats them all. Come late summer, we eat figs every day and night from bushes that blebbed off his grandmother's fig bushes.
We also have a small garden that we plant with peas, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and what not. This year I was told that we should grow watermelon along with the pumpkins in one of our mixed-use beds. My three year old informed me of this.
Do I agree with what these researchers found? Yes, because my kids really do eat their veggies and fruits. Cool. I did something right.