One of my favorite ways to teach Penelopi about a new subject is to let her get her hands dirty. She absorbs more information that way, and so do I. I have been working on teaching her about where our food comes from and how to grow it. It’s an important life skill. So, I called on my dear friend Farmer Steven at Homestead Manor and the Sweet Family headed to the farm.
My goal was to connect the Farm to Table dots for Penelopi. We started out at 8:30 am, several hours after Farmer Steven has begun his day, but if you know the Sweets, 8:30 am is early for us! First, we headed into the field harvesting squash, leeks, wild blueberries, wildflowers, and checking on the chickens. I thoroughly enjoyed Penelopi’s enthusiasm…she was not hesitant about getting her hands dirty. Nina, our favorite farm gal, allowed Penelopi to borrow her knife to cut a HUGE squash. Penelopi was so proud of herself! Don’t worry she was under adult supervision! After the squash pickin’, we went to pick wild blueberries, I think we ate more than we put in the bucket, and then headed to the market with our goodies for sale!
Every Wednesday, Homestead has an excellent farmer’s market. They even have a lovely mimosa bar at the entrance. It was a great opportunity to show Penelopi that the veggies, fruits, and wildflowers we harvested go to the market. We walked around and found more items to purchase: a delicious homemade tamale, fresh peaches, and Penelopi enjoyed her fresh picked carrot!
I am thankful that Homestead allows us to come and teach our sweet baby girl about all the hard work that is involved in growing and harvesting food. I am so inspired by a visit to the manor. Stay tuned because I have a Farm to Table cocktail and appetizer coming your way!