"We rent but there is a raspberry bush on our fence and 3 apricot trees by the back fence."
Okay. That's really nice for you. We used to have a cherry tree and blackberries, too. We now live in an area where all the berries are contaminated by some worm which can be fatal to humans, so there are NO ORGANIC BERRIES in this entire region, because they MUST kill the worms, or process the berries.
Now, that is not usual and that certainly was not a factor in how we choose to structure mealtimes, LOL. I am just saying... don't assume that everyone has the same facilities as you do.
I mean God, if I had a peach tree and a backyard, my kids would have fresh fruit all summer, too. We live in military housing, and apartment. We grow indoor tomatoes and peppers and if you can find out how to start an orchard in the kitchen, let me know.
|Garbanzo beans aren't expensive, beans in general aren't. Brown rice is nutrient rich and not expensive.
But I have to cook the rice for them, do I not? I mean as I understood it, people are saying, "It's really not that hard, just give the kids an easy snack, like fresh fruits."
To which I say, if it's easy, and healthy, it's probably expensive.
We spend 35% of our budget on food. We do not eat out, ever. Believe me when I say, we cannot spare anything on this. I have 8 cans of garbanzo beans a month. That's my budget. If I lose one of those because my child doesn't want barley, then at another meal, the rest of us go without protein.
|We have a farmers market store here that has really good specials on their produce, especially in the summer.
Lucky you. I'm happy for you. We used to live near a CSA, too. We don't now.
To madskye, I posted this in GD because I wanted to know what people thought about this type of, I thought pretty standard, family meal type eating. The thing about it is, if you really don't prepare alternatives (or have a mini-orchard in your backyard, I guess), and a child doesn't "feel like" barley and salmon and salad, or even bread, then yes, she will go to bed hungry. To me that is an natural consequence, not an imposed consequence. But it's still a consequence. So that is why I posted it here.