Ever since I started my garden project, I’ve been interested in learning more about growing food. I decided to take the kids out today and show them exactly that – how food is grown. We headed to Terry’s Berries in Puyallup, Washington. It was my first time visiting.
In addition to offering fresh, organically-grown produce they offer farm-fresh eggs! (Unfortunately, they are sold out through the summer though!) The kids got to get up close to the chickens and I kid you not, they came running towards us. (I am guessing they were expecting food.)
Terry’s Berries offers what’s known as a Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA). Basically, you apply for this program at the start of the season and can enjoy fresh produce each week. They have some information up on their website if you’re interested to learn more.
The kids and I ended up buying some amazing looking garlic and rainbow Swiss chard. I’m thinking of growing chard next year, but admittedly, I’ve never eaten it. I figure best to try it first, right? Any suggestions for how I might serve it? They also make their own honey. And of course, I couldn’t resist and I splurged on a jar of raw blackberry honey.
If you live anywhere near Puyallup, stop by and check them out! I’m thinking we’ll have to come back later in the summer when the berries are ripe.
As for our little garden, I excitedly head out each morning looking for progress! Many things have begun to grow – the mesclun, lettuce, spinach, scallions, carrots, corn, and the tops of the onions are poking through, too. I was able to move in some raspberry starts a couple days ago and am hoping they’ll take to their new home quickly.
Where do you like to buy your produce? Have any of you participated with a CSA in the past?