Well my birthday has come and gone for another year. Everyone keeps asking me, do I feel older? And the answer is no, not really – it’s just another day. What makes me feel old is seeing little babies out in public, and then looking at my Anthony, and wondering where the time went and how he got so big, so fast!
I got to sleep in for my birthday, and then was awakened with a coffee, IN BED. Ya, life is good. My father in law then told me to get my butt in gear, and get dressed, he was taking me to the farm! For my friends back in Canada who know me, or who used to know me back in my prissy days, would probably fall over if they heard this, but boy oh boy was I excited and was even willing to go get super dirty and pick all of that produce myself. I got dressed in record time, and loaded the boy and all his gear in the car, and off we went. When we arrived at the farm, we were greeted by a little dog, and boy was he sweet, and then we walked a little more, and met the ladies who were fixing up some product for the Durham Farmers Market, the next day. The farm was actually closed when we went, but they offered to sell us some of their produce from the shed (maybe it was a shed? Or an outdoor fridge? Whatever it was, I knew I wanted to set up a bed in there and just stay forever) that was for Saturday’s Farmers Market trip. When we walked over the the shed, my jaw fell to the floor. This thing was loaded up with FRESH – and I mean FRESH vegetables. They were all picked that morning, or the day before. Everything was so vibrant, and colorful, and just so beautiful.
We ended up with $35 worth of produce after I took an extensive look around, and did my “shopping”. I got:
– 3 bunches of carrots
– 2 bags of kale
– 2 bags of spinach
– radishes (with those beautiful green stems)
– 3 bunches(maybe bunches… I’m not sure how to explain this one lol) of beets
– sunflower sprouts
– bok choy
– rhubarb! – lots of rhubarb (My favorite – my Nan would have been so jealous of just the pure quality, taste, and look of this rhubarb. But, I am sure the rhubarb in heaven, is just as good!)
– swiss chard – the colors of this made me smile, it was like a rainbow
– spring onions
We have used and juiced so much of this already, but we still have a little bit left. This Friday, we are heading back up to the farm to restock our fridge, and support our community by purchasing our produce from a local farm. Lyons Farm even has a HUGE pick your own part of their farm where you can pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, tomatoes and peaches. And in addition to that, and all the veggies they sold us, they grow:
- Honey Dew
- Specialty Melons
- Turnips & Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Sweet Potatoes
- Bok Choy
- Green Beans
- Sugar Snaps
- Swiss Chard
- Snow Peas
- Butter beans
- Tomato Plants
- Strawberry Plants
- Hanging Baskets
- Bedding Plants
- Baked Goods
- Ice Cream
- Jam & Jellies
- Christmas Items***
I fell in love – can you tell? This farm is known in North Carolina as a “century farm”, and has been in the Lyon family since 1861. It’s so nice to know that some things stay the same, and do not change or move, or leave us. Their produce was just fabulous, the carrots were so crunchy and crisp, and juicy. It was like they exploded in my mouth when I bit into them. The skin was so thin, all they needed was a quick wash. And then, the different colors all had a different taste, the yellow were the sweetest, and the purple were almost bitter. You should have tasted my purple carrot and purple sweet potato juice! Boy was it purply! I bet if my friend Shaunna had purple carrots and purple sweet potatoes in Canada she wouldn’t eat anything else – that girl sure loves purple LOL. As I tasted the rest of the produce that we purchased, I was overwhelmed with flavor. Each item tasted so succulent and enjoyable. It was actually what produce was supposed to taste like – completely different from something you’d buy at a local supermarket.
Food is my passion, and being able to get the freshest produce really makes a difference, not only is it more cost efficient to buy local produce from a farm, or farmers market, it is more tasty. My juices have never tasted better, and I know that since it the produce is so fresh, and didn’t travel from halfway around the country, it is loaded with vitamins and minerals. I just can’t wait to go back on Friday, and see what has popped up this week, and what is new and fresh, and available to juice and eat, and just enjoy.
If you live in the RTP, or are willing to travel, Lyons Farm is in Creedmoor, NC on 1544 Munns Road or visit www.lyonfarms.com.
What is your favorite thing to get from the farm? I still like strawberries the best or raspberries, and I can’t wait to go pickin’ this summer. It brings me back to a simpler time in my childhood, and being at the farm with my Nan and Bobby picking berries, and then coming home and making jam, and dipping them in chocolate, and anything else my grandma could think of!
Disclaimer: I was not paid or given anything to write this. I visited the farm, and felt the need to share with everyone because of my amazing experience, and the pure quality of the produce we purchased.