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A walk through the shuk

Updated: Nov 27, 2019

Want your kids to eat more fruits & veggies? Take them to the local produce market.

The local produce markets are always bustling on a Friday morning, with throngs of customers filling their carts and bags in the prelude to the weekend.


As we had no plans on a particular Friday, and with two small kids to “entertain,” we decided to turn our grocery shopping into a fun activity.

The girls were captivated by all the colors, smells, and sounds in the bustling Shuk Hatikva in south Tel Aviv. They instinctively wanted to touch and taste everything they saw. The big one helped pay for our produce while the little one grabbed hold of whatever she could - tomatoes, peppers, nectarines, and watermelon.

Are your kids fussy eaters? Do you wish they ate more fruits and veggies? Well, one of the golden rules of getting children to try new foods is to expose them to these foods on a regular basis. The market is a wonderful place to do this because there is no pressure of sitting down to a meal or eating what’s on their plate. The atmosphere is lively, the vendors are friendly, and the vibrancy of the place draws them in.


Needless to say, it was a win-win for everyone.