Tuesday, August 23, 2011

backyard farm party

this past weekend we went to a party at my cousin's house.  my cousin anna, her husband steve and their adorable son robin started their own csa this summer called rains & sun backyard farm.  i immediately signed up, because i thought it would be great to get fresh organic produce all summer long and into the fall, and i also love to support small business ventures!  i'm so glad we signed up.  it's been a great addition to our meals this summer.  i signed up for a half share, so i get my produce every other week.  i pick the produce up at my aunt & uncle's house, so i get an added bonus of getting to visit with aunt rita & robin (who hangs out at her house on mondays).  i have been very pleased with the amount of food we've gotten each time, and they have quite a variety.  my favorites have been the sugar snap peas, the salad mixes and the edamame.  they have more veggies than fruits, but i'm ok with that, because our family needs to be eating more veggies!  the best thing for me about being a part of a csa is that i'm receiving items i probably wouldn't buy, so i have been challenged to try new dishes, find new recipes and experiment.  the other great thing is that the kids are trying new veggies.  three of my four children are very picky eaters, so you can imagine my excitement when they all ate okra for dinner one night!  we talk alot about farming, healthy foods, and trying new things.  it's been a great learning & culinary experience for all of us. 
anyway, back to the party...we went to their home on saturday and spent the evening running amongst the rows of the garden, playing croquet, catching up with family & friends, playing ball with grandma, and of course there was a delicious spread of food to eat! 
henry loved all the fresh fruit & veggies..especially the salsa!
my favorite farmers
henry tried to play baseball instead of croquet
grandma and sam


Banana said...

Thank you for your lovely words and even lovelier pictures!!

Kimberly said...

Love this! You got some great pictures. I've got some of my own I need to share soon.

Michelle said...

Agree with Banana! I especially love the first picture of your youngest :)

Ryshel said...

This summer my husband and I have committed to trying to eat healthier, fresher, more wholesome foods. The problem is....our daughter will hardly try any of them. How do you get your kids to try the new foods? Anytime I mention something such as okra she just says, yuck!

katie and the little things said...

thanks for the sweet comments friends! ryshel - encouraging the kids to help me in the kitchen with cooking has helped with their willingness to try new foods. (although i'm not denying the use of bribery!). and visiting the farm where our produce was grown got them excited as well.