First Lady: Some Kids Don't Know 'What a Real Tomato Looks Like,' 'Where a Cucumber Comes From'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 3, 2013 | 4:49 PM EDT


"Some kids have never seen what a real tomato looks like," and some "don't know where a cucumber comes from," First Lady Michelle Obama said today.

Addressing a gathering at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mrs. Obama said that's one reason she planted her garden at the White House:

"And the nutrition issue, as Tom mentioned, as you all know, is something near and dear to my heart not just as First Lady, but as a mother.  In fact, one of the first things that I did, as you know, as First Lady, was to plant the garden at the White House.  And it's really pretty.   I hope you guys get a chance -- it's beautiful now.  It rained a couple of days.  Thank you.  And the idea with planting the garden wasn't just to encourage kids to eat more vegetables.  I also wanted to teach them about where their food comes from.

"I think you've known this -- we see this as we traveled around the country -- some kids have never seen what a real tomato looks like off the vine.  They don't know where a cucumber comes from.  And that really affects the way they view food.  So a garden helps them really get their hands dirty, literally, and understand the whole process of where their food comes from. "

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