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melonNow that we’ve all finally recovered from the historic last winter, we can fully embrace the summer season and all that it has to offer – think farmers’ markets! We now have the option of enjoying time outdoors and checking out all the local produce that might be available in our area. Farmers’ markets are not only a great way to find affordable produce, but also to support your local farmers and enjoy the fresh taste of fruits and vegetables grown close to home. Bring your kids along—they may be more likely to try a new fruit or vegetable if they can help do the choosing.

One of my favorite summer foods are fresh melons–they are wonderful at the height of the summer season.  Melons are a great snack for kids, not only for their nutritional value but because they also provide extra water, great during a hot summer day. Below is a recipe for Rainbow Melon Skewers, because what child doesn’t like eating something off of a stick? You can also try freezing them for a healthy frozen treat.

Because melons are picked from the ground, it’s a good idea to wash them to remove any bacteria from the dirt. Simply run the melon under tap water and scrub lightly with a clean brush or sponge.

Rainbow Melon Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 1 small cantaloupe
  • 1 small honeydew melon
  • 1 small watermelon
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions:

  1. Wash melons and cut in half to remove the seeds.
  2. Use a melon baller to scoop out the fruit or peel and cut the fruit into small squares.
  3. Slide one piece of each melon onto the popsicle sticks, alternating each time. Have your kids help you!
  4. Keep cold in the fridge until ready to serve or freeze for a cool treat on a hot day.

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Nutrition Education Specialist for the Massachusetts WIC Program

Nutrition Education Specialist for the Massachusetts WIC Program

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