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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Green blackberries are red

Saturday was a lovely day, sunny and nice, and we visited The South 47 Farm in Woodinville. It is sooooo cool to live in the suburbs and have farms 15 minutes drive from your home!

What a beautiful place, isn’t it?!

Flower beds:

and herbs...

First we visited the animals, and fed them, of course. There were goats, lamas, chickens…

Then we went to dig some potatoes. They had a few varieties. We dug Yokon gold, purple and fingerlings. Fresh from the ground, straight out from the dirt. So earthy. Yum.

How cute is that?!

That’s me holding a potato still clinging to the stem of the plant. I have never done this before. I got so excited; my husband had to stop me from digging more and more potatoes because we have already filled a bucket full of potatoes to last a long time. The good thing is that when the potatoes are so fresh, they will last a few good weeks. That is, if they stay in the cold dark pantry that long. Tonight we’re having steak and farm fresh home-made French fries!

The proud Microsofty bragging about his digging skills…

See the bucket!

The Herbfarm is considered one of the best restaurants in the US. I heard it is VERY good and VERY expensive, and dinner lasts 4-5 hours with lots of wine, so it is on our to-do list for a very special occasion. The restaurant has a field in this farm where they grow their own herbs, vegetables, fruits and flower to be used in their kitchen. From farm to the table. How special is that?!

Salmons are a big thing here!!! Check this out: Issaquah Salmon Days Festival 2008.
The farm is not certified organic but they say they don’t use sprays, and they are friendly to the local salmon.

Beautiful sunflowers…

Green blackberries are red :) We might come back on Wednesday (short day at school) to see if they are ripe and ready to be picked.

But we did manage to fill 2 small boxes. By the way, it costs half of the grocery store price! What a sweet deal!

And how can we go home without kettle corn and apple cider?

Going to a farm is fun.
Kids learn where food comes from. Very important!
Picking your own food is an extraordinary experience.
Produce cost less at the farm stand compared to the grocery store.
You support your local family farm/business.
It’s a win-win-win for everyone.
We should definitely do this more often.
It’s difficult to write all these conclusions without exclamation point at the end of every sentence!

You might want to read this post too: U-pick farms

And here are the potatoes disguised as REAL French fries (fried twice):

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