Have you been to see your farmer lately? Many Sounds Fun Mom readers enjoyed going to Terry’s Berries last fall for apple picking and cider pressing. Spring is a great time to visit, too. Your kids can see the baby ducks, check out the berries starting to ripen, and feed the chickens (ask for some scraps in the store). The farm is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-6. Try to go when it’s not share pick up time.
Of course, you’re welcome to buy yummy organic food from their farm store (bring cash), or if you’re really serious about going all organic, you can join their CSA and pick up a box of veggies once a week. Terry’s also sells at local farmer’s markets.
If Terry’s isn’t in your area, see if you can find a copy of this guide, which has lists of markets, fruit stands, and farms all over the South Puget Sound. I got mine at the library. You can also go here to download it as a pdf, just be aware that it’s a Big file.
Do keep in mind that most small farmers are literally mom and pop operations, so don’t expect folks to drop everything to talk. If you want an actual tour, call ahead and ask. Most farms do those for school groups in the fall (what fun)! You’ll also want to wear boots or other shoes that can handle dirt and mud, and do teach your kids to follow farm rules-they shouldn’t bother animals unless they have permission to do so, and they shouldn’t pick any berries or veggies unless invited to. I have future posts planned on area U-pick farms. Thanks to our wet spring, you’ll probably have to wait a little while on those, although we saw strawberries ripening at Terry’s.