To Market, To Market, by Nikki McClure

There is a old nursery rhyme of the same title:                  

tomarketTo market, to market to buy a fat pig;

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;

Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

To market, to market, to buy a plum cake;

Home again, home again, market is late.

To market, to market, to buy a plum bun;

Home again, home again, market is done.

To market, to market, a gallop a trot,

To buy some meat to put in the pot;

Three pence a quarter, a groat a side,

If it hadn’t been killed it must have died


A new book of the same title  by Nikki McClure, features paper-cut prints by the author. The book takes the reader through a day’s shopping at a farmer’s market. It’s an earnest book. Each segment spotlights a purchase; kale, apples, smoked salmon, cheese, blueberry turnovers; and each purchase is accompanied with text about the purveyor, and concludes with an attitude of gratitude.

Interesting that the older text is more in step with Mrs. Obama’s Get Movin’ campaign for healthy food, with the jiggety- jog, trot and gallop. So, read both! Get moving Home Again Home Again,

while learning more about that field to table connection.

ACTIVITY: Go to a farmer’s market and make up a dance using a jiggity-jog, trot, gallop, and other moves that get you Home Again, Home Again!


to market


Arlington, VA

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