The Adolescent Program has worked tirelessly to develop the products for their microeconomy: local honey and apple butter. In these projects, the Adolescents have moved into a new terrain of food preparation, stepping all the way into the beginning of each process. This yields new skills, appreciation, and an understanding of the economics of food and the importance of knowing where food comes from. They learned about the ingredients, the time, and the effort that go into these products, and all of this informs their ability to put a price tag on it. (Not to mention, it heightens their interest in putting these delicious ingredients to use!)
Like the older Elementary child, the Adolescent can plan entire meals independently. When you have purchased the AP’s apple butter or honey, invite them to plan a meal that puts them to use. It may also be time well spent to invite your Adolescent child to help think through the purchasing power of food. Ask questions at the grocery store: what does it mean when you buy locally-grown produce? Cage-free or pasture-raised eggs? Fair trade or sustainably grown items? The Adolescent is attuned to ask questions of social responsibility and ethics, and engaging with these questions communicates that there is more on the table than just a sandwich.