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Why is it important to eat fruit and vegetables in a variety of colours?

Each colour is caused by specific phytonutrients, and each colour indicates specific nutrients that are beneficial to your body. Our bodies benefit from variety; eating the rainbow ensures that you get the complete range of minerals and vitamins that your body needs for healthy functioning.

Below are some examples of foods to try when eating the rainbow at home:

Red: red peppers, apples, tomatoes

Orange and Yellow: carrots, peaches, corn

Green: kale, swiss chard, zucchini

Blue and Purple: blueberries, eggplant, plums

White and Brown: cauliflower, mushrooms, parsnip

Having a variety of colour in your meals promotes the healthy functioning of your children’s bodies and encourages nutritious eating habits. Encouraging your children to eat the rainbow helps make nutritious eating fun!

On Sunday June 2 our POP Club kids will learn about the importance of eating the rainbow, learn more about the POP Club here and visit us at the market to register.

The POP Club is a farmer’s market-based kids program. Children (ages 5 – 12 years old) will learn about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities all season long.

Each week children will earn a $3 market token to use towards any fruit or vegetable of their choice. There is no cost to participate and the program runs every Sunday rain or shine!

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