Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pick and Choose

This is the time of the year where many of us like to pick berries. It’s a lot of fun to pick our own strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. They’re as fresh as they can be, they’re close to home, and you pick only the ones that you want.

But did you know that many of the farms around let you pick lots more than berries? For example, a farm close by called Easy Pickin’s allows customers to pick a number of fruits, including apples, peaches, plums, pears, and berries, but they also have vegetables, herbs, and flowers for picking.

Last year, I wanted to make pesto, so I drove to the farm and picked a large bunch of basil. I can design my own flower arrangement with the beautiful variety of flowers they offer, or make a crunchy salad with fresh-picked lettuce and peppers.

At one farm, I can pick baby varieties of vegetables, such as zucchini and summer squash, which are great for grilling. It’s like having a garden in your own back yard without having to do all the work! Picking your own is also more economical than buying at the farmer’s market. In addition, it allows you to get some sun and exercise and being among the plants and soil is very therapeutic.

So if you have the opportunity this growing season, visit a local farm to harvest your own bounty. It’s good for your health in so many ways. What will you get out and pick this season??

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