Having a picky eater is a big hindrance to our family. My oldest son, Dexter, is quite averse to any food that isn’t made of sugar. His most common response when I say that I’m making dinner is, “I don’t like dinner. I want something that I want to eat.” So when the kind folks at Tree Top offered to send us some of their amazing apple sauce pouches and sponsor us to plan a garden, I knew it was the perfect way to get through to my kid.
To get started, we checked out KidsGardening.org so that we could get some ideas on how to approach our garden and what we might like to plant. The site was a great resource, as it allowed me to talk with Dexter about where food comes from and how important it is to our bodies. He was very excited when he began to understand that some of his favorite fruits and veggies (few though they are!) come from the ground. He was very excited to grow some strawberries, and he even suggested that we could grow some food to make into baby food for his brother, Chester.
We headed outside, and as a family we began to tackle the two hugely overgrown garden boxes that sit in our back yard. My boys love any excuse to play in the dirt, so this was a great exercise for them. We talked about weeds and how they are not all bad. We talked about which plants and flowers are edible and which are not. We sang songs about Johnny Appleseed, and Daniel now wants to plant ten apple trees in our yard.
We took a break to enjoy our new applesauce pouches, and I asked the kids if they knew where apple sauce comes from. Daniel said it is apples and candy because it’s so sweet. Dexter swears it is apples and worms and dirt. I was very happy to tell them that Tree Top is 100% fruit. No sugar, no high fructose corn syrup. Just natural goodness. They both really want to try making their own, so this autumn we are going to buy a bushel of apples and make our own apple sauce! I think it’ll be great for them.
In the meantime, they are loving the ease of use of the Tree Top pouches. They taste great and don’t need a spoon, which is great since their dirty little hands weren’t best situated to feed!
We were able to get our garden boxes all cleared out, and we’re now in the process of planting. We had a bit of snow last week which kind of stopped us, but the weather is supposed to be good from here on out, and we are going to do our best to get our crops going next weekend. We have picked out a variety of fruits and veggies that are meant to do well in our climate. We’re also going to plant flowers and an herb garden so that we can season our food ourselves.
We talked about the differences in climates throughout the world. We discussed how certain plants will grow well where there is lots of sunshine, some are good in dry climates and some do best in humid air. We discussed our Tree Top apple sauce and where it came from. Located in the heart of Washington’s apple country, Tree Top is a grower-owned co-op, deeply rooted in the communities where we work and live. It’s been a trusted brand for 50 years!
Tree Top is committed to raising the best fruits to make the best products for families to enjoy together. As part of this commitment, Tree Top has banded together with KidsGardening.org to help change the world. For every purchase of Tree Top’s Apple Sauce Pouches, Tree Top will donate a dollar to KidsGardening.org to help fund community garden projects and raise good apples across the country. You can learn more about it by visiting the Raising Good Apples campaign page.
Giveaway will be open from April 7, 2015 to May 15, 2015 at midnight PST. Winners will be selected to receive a gardening set valued at $60. Sway Group will select the winners on or about May 18, 2015 and we will follow up with the prizewinners. Enter now for your chance to win!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Top.