In an effort to “eat seasonally, eat locally”, I checked out LocalHarvest.org to find my local farmer’s market. Most farmer’s markets are only open Spring through Fall. But, online I happened upon the nearby Lilley’s Farm which was holding a Winter Market Day this past Saturday. So, we piled the kids in the car and took the short trip. It was early afternoon on a beautiful day and most people had already made their trip to the farm. By the time we arrived pretty much the only thing left for sale was…KALE! I’m sensing a theme in my life. The kids were most unhappy.
There were actually three types of kale, which were grown in the farm’s unheated greenhouse. One was the kind normally found at a supermarket. The second was an Italian variety. I can’t remember the name of the third type. The very friendly owner offered that the latter two types have a stronger flavor, so I bought two bunches (Healthy Point) of the first type for $7.00. There were also fresh eggs at $4/dozen but the husband had just purchased a bunch of eggs at Sam’s Club, so I decided to pass.
We didn’t see much of the farm itself, but right next to the produce shed were chickens! Boy, are they noisy and if you’ve never heard a baby try to sound like a chicken, you’re missing out. It’s hilarious. The kids all got a kick out of seeing them but I had nudge the oldest a couple of times — I don’t think it’s proper etiquette to talk about eating chickens in front of chickens!!
Lilley’s Farm has another Winter Market Day on April 7. Not sure if we’ll make that one but we plan to return in the summer and hopefully find yummies that the kids will enjoy (other than chicken!).
On the way home, we stopped at a playground for some fresh air and fun. (Healthy Point) It was a good, healthy day. (Another Healthy Point!)