Now that the colder weather has hit and we are smack in the middle of Fall, the usual events and invites are popping up for the kids. Thanksgiving just passed here in Canada and Halloween is coming up and that brings to mind one event that happens at least once a year.
Straw rides and pumpkin fields.
Earlier this week when Big P and Princess R got home from school they had a permission slip in their bags for the first field trip of the year. They were on their way to a popular activity in the Fall – a pumpkin patch. To pick their own pumpkins, run the corn maze and to go on straw wagon rides. At first I though the kids would have an awesome time.
Then it dawned on me.
Straw is made out of grain stalk – specifically either wheat, barley, oats or rye. The grains are removed and the stem is left over but the cross-contamination risk is huge. I called the farm to confirm that they use wheat stalk and confirmed they do, making it not possible for my kids to go on the field trip – or to school that day.
I don’t know what made me think of this contamination risk. There is not a whole lot of information out there about this risk and while I am not 100% sure this is a risk – it makes sense to me – especially for someone with such a high sensitivity to gluten.
:: Have you taken you child or yourself on a straw ride? Did you react? ::