Amara and I have been having fun together this summer. A few weeks ago we went with some of our friends and their moms to one of the local farms to take the strawberry tour. Jenna had an appointment that day and since I had grown up on a farm they thought it would be a lot of fun for me. It was! Amara has heard lots of farm stories. She loves to hear how when I was about her age my sister and I would have contests husking corn to see who could find the most baby ears. I don’t remember eating them, I just remember the joy in finding them! I didn’t know that Amara thought my farm stories were so cool!
As we rode to the farm with her friends Amara asked me to tell them the story about my cousins barn. While I lived on a farm, my cousins lived on a FARM. One of our favorite things to do was to swing out the barn door. In my mind that barn was huge. We would climb the ladder up into the hayloft, grab hold of this big heavy rope that was knotted at the bottom and tied to the roof rafters of the barn. We would stand on that knot, hold on to the rope and swing out the barn door! They looked at me in such shock that I had ever done such an amazing thing. Amara looked at me with such pride! I may have glowed. I admitted that I had been very nervous the first time I jumped. I vividly remember yelling “One, two, three, STOP!!!!” I did it the second time and it may be why I’m not afraid of heights. I loved swinging out that door. I loved telling the girls about it.
The farm tour was so much fun for all of us. The weather was absolutely perfect. We rode in 2 trailers being pulled by a tractor. We had a wonderful tour guide and teacher. He told us about rotating the crops to help the soil and we stopped along the tour many times to sample things such as fresh pulled baby carrots.
Did you know that orange carrots are hybrids grown to have extra beta carotene? The kids thought it was so much fun to munch on fresh carrots and then get to throw the carrot tops over the side! They got to litter but this time it was OK as they learned it would all go back into the soil.
We sampled fresh cilantro and learned that cilantro has just been proven to help control insulin in diabetics. We sampled fresh green beans which were probably the least favorite of everyone. I love green beans but I do prefer them cooked. He cut fresh ears of white corn into two inch pieces and we eat the corn raw, like he said, it is the candy of the garden and was so sweet. I should have asked him if they look for the baby ears!
We learned that cutaway trees attract lots of polinators like ladybugs and bees. Now all this farm knowledge may be common to you if you live in a more rural area but it sure was fun and exciting to a bunch of little city girls and their moms and grandmoms!
But the best part of course was when the tractor stopped at the strawberry field! We learned why they are called strawberries and for 15 minutes the kids could eat all of the strawberries they could pick. I think Amara had 53?
She had so much fun finding huge ones to show me. When the tour ended each of the girls got a fresh quart of strawberries to take home.
We are definitely going back in the late fall for the pumpkin tour. Maybe we can get some much needed pointers on how to grow pumpkins!