Our vegetable CSA had a open house farm tour last weekend and we went, bringing home excitement and readiness for spring veggies to began.
I’ve written about “Farmer Megan” lots before – like here when the girls’ brownie troop visited the farm on a hot early summer day. And here after our first drop in 2012 – including tips on storage for spring greens. She’s a household name for us. She’s a friend and now I’m volunteering every Friday on the farm.
The children, mine and other member’s families, always enjoy visiting the farm and seeing what’s growing. This time, the baby goat was the biggest hit.
All the children tried to get close. Those most determined, and patient, got their chance.
These roosters were left here after being pinned with hens, to make eggs that are now being incubated and waiting to hatch. There is big chicken talk at our house lately. I’ll tell you more later, after this weekend when I hopefully have some photos to share of our plan in action.
The children listen to Farmer Megan talk about how these tiny veggies get their start. Then one day this summer I’ll remind them when our veggies come to our house that they started right here. I FULLY believe kids eat healthier when they really know where their food comes from.
There are 60 chickens they get rotated around the farm living on one acre plots of land as they turn the soil by pecking it, and fertilize the soil with their waste. I can not wait untill we can watch chickens in our own back yard…. I can barely keep my own secret. The kids from our neighborhood visited the farm together, and then they’ll gather in our yard every Wednesday for our weekly CSA delivery. It starts up later this month and I’m SO ready for fresh produce that I don’t have to buy at the store. Farms just bring good, muddy, peace in the sun fun. While this girl got a piggy back ride around the farm…. I couldn’t help but think back to the days during her first visit to the farm, as a babe on my back. And how much all these kids, mostly our neighbors (and some school friends) have grow, together, and what they have learned since the first visit four years ago.
We might not live on a farm and my kids are not growing up on a farm. But they sure will KNOW about farms and how hard Farmer Megan works to grow our food. It’s becoming part of their childhood. And each season, they DO actually eat more vegetables.