Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fun and Farm

So in this day and age of everything being at the touch of a button (swipe of a finger for those touch screen folks). It is hard to imagine going to a farm, seeing livestock, having my kids experience the life of a farmer and picking/harvesting your own fruits and vegetables right.

Well that is what my kids and I experienced this past Friday. My friend Paul invited us along for a playdate with his two sons. We went to Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, CA. Now I hadn't been there since I was 19 years old, which makes is 12 years ago. At that time I would frequent this farm almost everyday since I went to Moorpark College. Not to mention my route to school took me right passed it.

Anyhow, the farm has a lot to offer in the child entertainment department. Pony rides, tractor go carts, all terrain like bikes, a jumper, train, animal viewing and feeding areas, tunnels and hills and pick-your-own fruit/vegetable fields.

So the kids and I embarked on a pick-your-own produce adventure. We grabbed our red wagon supplied by the farm, containers and headed out into the fields. We got to see some real life farm machines, trekked through mud and arrived at the crop fields. We picked our own raspberries, which I had to explain to my kids how to tell if it was ripe for picking. I let them fill their own containers and I watched as they picked the ripest of ripe raspberries, listened to their amazed reactions and watched their smiles as they filled their pint containers. We also picked our own strawberries, romaine lettuce and bell peppers.

We did all this out in the hot sun of Moorpark, which is no joke. It does get hot hot hot there but it was a nice warm heat. All I could think about while we picked our own fruit and vegetables was how in the hell my grandmother did this for a living for 10 to 12 hours days. She would do this in such arduous (that is an understatement-she worked her A$$ off) working conditions and in the time of all those toxic harsh chemical pesticides. I definitely have a renewed gratitude and respect for her after we did this.

All in all it was a wonderful fun new memory creating experience that day. I also enjoyed getting home, washing the fruit and vegetables with the kids. They were happy to help, taste and ask when we get to cook/eat the fruit and vegetables. It was fun teaching my kids the value of food and harvesting it yourself. In the car on the way home all the kids wanted to know was when we were coming back so they could do it again. Yeah! It also brought some tears of joy to my eye. Another full circle moment for me. Enjoy the pictures below.

Jonathan and Janette smiling with joy
after they just fed the goats

Janette in action using the crank conveyor belt to feed
the goats

Jonathan doing the same

The goat awaiting its food

Emus eating their food

The combine harvester which has a slide on the other side

Jonathan and Janette rushing to the slide I found

Janette enjoyed it

Jonathan all smiles after a fun slide 

My little man enjoying all the kid activities

Janette is relaxing in the wooden train

 The chicken coop and look a real farm fresh egg,
it smelled real fresh in there ;-) 

Look at those pretty squash, they weren't ripe though

A gorgeous huge white horse

Janette enjoying the cow bouncer

Jonathan looks like he is about to do something bad

Train ride and Janette is happy as a pig in pooh teehee!

Jonathan and his best friend Zachary,
drive the train boys!

Another huge stallion

The fruit and vegetables after washing and prepping them for
consumption

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