U-pick farms are local produce farms that allow visitors to pick their own fruits/vegetables. Personally, I think it has it’s pros/cons… Pros are that you can pick the particular produce right off the vine/stalk/tree and get super fresh fruits & veggies. Cons are that we’re doing all the work for the farmers and it’s more trouble than just going to the grocery store. We went this morning to South 47 Farm in Redmond and picked up a good cross section of the product aisle. It’s August, so there almost everything is ready for harvest. We got some eggplant, yellow squash, blackberries, some sort of summer crisp romaine lettuce, a watermelon with an orange flesh and sweet onions. There was also a bunch of apples, broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower and a variety of leafy green things that all look like salad to me. This is totally the urban-version of gardening, where the farmer does all the work and we swoop in and pick it right when it’s ready. Good deal, as long as you know what to do with the veggies you get. Me, whatever I don’t use will slowly expire in the crisper drawer in my fridge before I get convinced to throw it away. If you have a U-pick farm in your area, I suggest you try it out before the harvest season is through for the year.
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