Ok, you’re right, I said I had no time for this. But, it’s within the norm…sorta. (And the kiddos are finally in bed!) Today, I went on a fieldtrip with Cooper’s school to Terry’s Berries off the River Road in Puyallup.
It was so much fun! I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal, but to me, it was a blast. It is a fully organic farm. They have everything you can imagine there; cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, all sorts of berries, apples, pumpkins, corn, green beans, carrots, potatoes, etc!
They had a guy who called himself Farmer John running the tour for us today. All his talking to the kids brought to my attention that these days, kids probably don’t know that food comes from farms-not grocery stores! So it was really fun to see and hear the kids as they realized that food comes from the earth.
That hilarious video is of the kids laughing as the little tractor pulled them along on the tour. So cute!
We learned about bees and how important their job is for plants like raspberries and apples.
We got to pick and eat raspberries too! We couldn’t believe how many raspberries were left there too. Quite a lot and they were so sweet and juicy!
But probably my favorite part was learning all about the carrots! Ok, fun filled facts about carrots from Farmer John: carrots are not just orange. In fact, the carrot originated from Afghanistan. It migrated throughout Europe as it gained popularity as a food. It came in all kinds of colors: red, purple, yellow, white and orange. Eventually, the carrot made it to the Netherlands and turned up orange. The King apparently thought it was an omen to them that the Netherlands was the best country EVER, so he made a decree that only orange carrots could be planted and grown. Hence, why orange carrots are the mainstream. Isn’t that neat? So fascinating!
Anyway, after that we went and fed the chickens. I got a lesson at this point too because I seriously thought chickens ate like corn and bugs and maybe bread. Well, did you know that chickens like lettuce and kale and cabbage and especially broccoli?
The chickens actually spotted us walking towards their coop a long ways off. They all started running over and it was cracking me up. I know…it doesn’t take much.
Pardon my squeaky commentary…but it was REALLY amusing to me ok? Ok. The one chicken who was lose was on the other side of the fence and wasn’t exactly bright enough to figure out that we were throwing the food over the fence…so really he had the best seat in the house if he wouldn’t have been so concerned about trying to figure how to get in with the other chickens! HA!
In the end, Cooper came home with 4 carrots, 3 apples and cute little pumpkin. Here’s our spoils for the day.
It was a really fun day today and when I got home…I decided that maybe I shouldn’t blow Jeremy off when he says he’d like to own some land so that we could have a small farm. Hmmm….he he he he he!
Go to the flickr site to see the complete gammant of pictures from our fun morning at the farm!