Can you dig it or do you pick it?

Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown is not as common as it once was. As we have become reliant on purchasing food from grocery stores and restaurants, we have become less connected to the ways our food is grown. When our guests visit the GROW Gallery, many of them are seeing for the first time how an onion grows, that cucumbers grow on a vine or that unharvested lettuce heads will produce flowers and seeds.

Visitors to GROW learn a little bit more about what it takes to grow vegetables, fruits and the grains that are used to feed human and non-human animals. This summer we were even able to let some of our guests dig their first potato. This is serious fun and likened to hunting for buried treasure. Even if you know that potatoes are grown underground, seeing how they were connected to the above ground plants and the way they are connected underground is a great learning experience. And afterwards, you get super curious—are potatoes roots or tubers? Well, that’s just a whole other bag of knowledge you can delve into. (They are tubers by the way).

So, in the spirit of learning and fun, we created a little puppet show to help teach kids about whether you DIG or PICK certain produce. We hope you enjoy it. It is perfect for little ones and grown-ups who just want a laugh. Bonus points for those of you who can see the heads of the puppeteers.

Connect with curiosity!

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