Thursday, August 21, 2008

Visiting Hollins farm

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

After having talked about it for the longest time ever we finally visited Hollins farm for the Pick-your-own Fruits & Vegetables. Actually we were primarily going for the peaches but as it turned out they sure had a lot of other things to offer :-)

I got some photos that I posted on my photo blog and they can be found here: Sunflowers, Butterflies.

Just since I am experimenting with taking panorama photos of everything here is a view over the corn field and hills. (As usual you may have to click the photo to get a larger version).

It was a very beautiful day to visit and not only were there a blue sky but the temperature seemed to be ever increasing while we were there.

Initially we started out picking berries. Later on Jacki got the pots boiling and made some of the best ever sweet ice tea I have had. Not only was it ice tea but it was just as sweet as it should be. You know kind of southern style sweet :-)

Moving on to the peaches posed a different challenges. Not only were there row on row of peach trees but also different kinds of peaches and they do hang a little higher than the berries so it takes a little extra effort to reach them. But we managed (well I must admit I was mostly taking pictures) to pick some peaches and get them in the bag.

Ok... here is one photo I didn't take... Guess why??? Anyway, we were heading off to find some carrots and followed the signs to the field. First thing I see is Jacki standing a couple of foot in the field thoroughly examining some weeds. That's when I learned something new. She didn't know what a carrot top looks like. But I guess growing up getting carrots in a bag from the store how would you know. I however (well it's been a few years) grew up in my grandma's backyard where plenty of carrots were growing. They were however not surrounded by that many weeds but kept in rows and all that good stuff. I looked like most carrots were either too small or had already been dug up so we weren't too lucky. Emma however did get a carrot to show off ;-)

On to the tomatoes... and yes they grow on bushes like these and the real good ones seems to be hiding near the ground. Emma was real good at finding them once she got the trick and we got some good fresh tomatoes out of it. Notice how every picked tomato is inspected before being placed in the tray.

Here is the fun part or well deffinently different. Corn... Emma didn't hesitate following mom in the corn and I must admit that the corn we brought home turned out to be real sweet and when eating it with dinner it's almost like candy only a lot healthier :-)

Here is Emma posing... but wait what's that in the background???

One raided potato field + one tractor.... yeah kind of reminds me of seeing a fishing boat heading for the harbor while the fishermen are cleaning the fish on deck being followed by a hoard of seagulls.

Ohh and here was another interesting point and another thing learned about my dearest, sweetest loving wife. How do you tell a potato from a rock? Turns out they are quite similar but there were a few experienced people around to help out with that one :-)

And should you be in doubt yourself here are the potatoes. Well not that I dug them but I sure did photograph them ;-)

You know being all busy with all the farm is offering I completely forgot to mention that on this trip we were joined by Kristy, Cliff and Cameron. As you can see there are a couple of avid photographer here too ;-) and you know. You have to teach them while they're young ;-)

After the trip to the farm we went back home and fired up the grill (yeah I know. It may be old but I prefer charcoal).
While dinner was getting ready Cameron and Emma was playing in the living room.

Now how cute is this...

And just a few extra of Cameron the "little" cutie ;-)


Tess said...

That looks so fun! I love fresh corn-the best!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

great shots! Nothing better than picking berries with little ones!
I love the potato shot - we used to plant potatoes when I was a kid! HA

Rachel said...

I WISH he'd join in!

I love the panoramic shot. :)

Jonny's Mommy said...

These photos are great!

The ones at the bottom are just precious! Sooo cute!

Great shots again! And looks like you had a fun time to boot!

angie said...

Those are some serious weeds in with the carrots. I could hardly see the carrot tops in there!

I've never been to a farm where you can pick such a variety of produce. Wish we had on close to me........

We have lots of berry picking farms here, but I think picking berries with small children is NOT fun.

Lindsay said...

don't you love the look on kids' faces when they find out things actually GROW and don't just come from the grocery store?! I asked my daughter once where milk came from and she said "the fridge."


Cecily R said...

Oh this makes me want to take the kids back to the fields where we moved from....what amazing photos you took that day!!

And the last shots of the kiddies? PRICELESS.

Jacki said...

Great pictures! ;-) All that stuff sure was delicious!

Jenty said...

Looks like it was a very busy day, I'm impressed she kept up with you!

david mcmahon said...

G'day Pete,

Thanks for the visir and the kind comment.

Thank you for ``taking us to the farm''.



Jennifer said...

Those were lovely! Your daughter is beautiful! The hair was cracking me up, though. I swear I had the same goofy hair when I was that age!

Shannon said...

I just went to my dad's farm and picked some fresh veggies. Things just taste a whole lot better when you pull them from the ground. Looks like a great day!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

What a fun adventure for the whole crew. Great pictures of your experience.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful day! I love fresh fruits and veggies. My grandparents grew a huge garden when I was a child and it was delicious!

Great shots..I felt like I was there.

LaskiGal said...

I love these shots. The way the shadows play in each photo . . . you can sense the movement. And, don't even get me started on Emma and Cameron . . . gorgeous.

Amanda D said...

Great shots! I would love to visit a place like this. And I must admit that I wouldn't know what the top of a carrot looked like either!