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Thursday
Jun092011

Grant Family Farms Spring Tour 2011

Grant Family Farms Spring Tour | Wellington, Colorado

As we head into another weekend, I thought I would share our highlight of last weekend. Aside from Summer finally making its appearance, it was the weekend of the Grant Family Farms Spring Tour. Grant Family Farms is the local farm we receive produce and eggs from each week for close to six months out of the year.

Every spring they hold this family-centric event. It's a great opportunity to see a large-scale organic farm up close, and to meet people who share your passion for whole food and supporting local farmers.

It was a gorgeous day and while my husband and brother enjoyed some bluegrass, I took in a presention by the Colorado State University Extension on how to Preserve the Harvest. My boys had their share of fun herding worms, making mud seed balls, being spat on by a llama and hay bale jumping.

There were some great vendors I visited with and that I must mention:

And of course great music:

If you live in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, I hope to see you next year! If you live elsewhere, consider joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm. Here is a site that will help you locate a farm near you. Our weekly delivery starts next week, can't wait!

Some CSAs offer “Working Shares.” You work the farm, you get a discount. Simple as that. Rewarding as that. Last year I spent 4 hours hoeing, 4 hours weeding and 8 hours picking pumpkins.

The “Art Barn” was a cool hang out on a hot day.

These hens have got it made. Isn’t this the coolest coop? These chickadees get free rides all over the farm. Wonder if they get a discount off of their CSA share? Eating bugs and fertilizing is hard work!

Herding Worms 101. My oldest is really into worms. Our backyard is full of one foot deep holes. He thought this pile of dirt was a goldmine.

Crawfish, it’s what’s for dinner. My little guy doesn’t know that yet.

Ahhh, the majestic front range of the Rocky Mountains. I love, love love it here!

And here's that dinner.

Angie Stevens and her band. Very good! She sings right to the heart of 40 somethings like me. You know like "the house is clean, the dishes are done, I wish I was seventeen again."

Dynamite! Just like our time in Texas. The Cottonwood Grove string band.

With the kids tuckered out, we loaded up and headed back north. I made my husband do a U-turn so that I could get this shot. We literally live "where the deer and the antelope play." What a beautiful site at the end of a beautiful day. They have the prettiest eyelashes.

 

Reader Comments (3)

How I wish I could have been with you! That looks like a day in heaven for me and the boys! It looks like it was an amazing day! And I love the pic of your guy holding the crawdad! LOL xoxo
k

Going back through emails and saw this post. Glorious photos, Lexie! And I love your narrative. Don't tell your little guy, but I do love eating crawdads. ;-)

xo,
Shirley

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Shirley, shhh, I kind of like those crawdads, too : )

xoLexie

June 20, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

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