Food, Fresh Air & Fun on the Farm

Beautiful Bouquet

Recently, Cody and I, along with others, were extended an invitation to take a tour of the farm that we receive our weekly share of veggies from. Ever since we joined Creeksong Farm's CSA*, I have wanted to go for a visit and take pictures, but for whatever reason we were never able to work it out. Thankfully, they hosted an ‘open house’ for ALL of the members to enjoy. It ended up being a terrific opportunity to connect with where our food comes from, as well as with the other members!

Yummy Goodness

It took place on a Sunday afternoon a few weekends ago and required a drive through the Ashe Country countryside—a place where I would love to settle down. Among the first to arrive, we were welcomed with warm smiles and friendly faces, along with a delicious spread of fingers foods and tasty beverages. The snacks were superb!! My favorite were the Dilly Beans....those things were delicious!!!

Dilly Beans

Soon after we settled in, other members began to arrive and joined in on the pow wow. Everyone quickly became better acquainted while waiting for the rest of the guests. Meanwhile, Jeff (The Chief), was preparing to lead the way to the first set of gardens where we saw zinnia’s, chard, broccoli, basil & a few other farm-fresh goodies that have made their way into my kitchen.

Zinnia's & Chard

From there we got a nice look at the surrounding acres which consisted of rolling hills and plush pastures saturated with different shades of green. In total, they have 60 acres that they have been accumulating since 1979! What a spread, huh?!

Lay of the Land

With every ginger footstep I began to realize how much work has to be put into an operation such as this. Not that I didn’t know before, but seeing it from this angle offered a perspective I couldn’t have really appreciated otherwise. I am no farmer. In fact, I have a black thumb! But seeing what they accomplish with my own eyes makes me want to become better at it albeit on a smaller scale. I truly do appreciate all the hard work they have to do to ensure that we stay well fed. Clearly, it is not as easy as it may look--not that I ever thought it looked easy!

Creeksong Farm Montage

After seeing the first garden, the bunch made their way down the street in a parade-like fashion where we saw two more sizable plots. One was filled with golden squash, zucchini and corn while the other, requiring a bit of a climb, housed the infamous (green) onions, which we have grown to love :D.

Creeksong Farm Overview

Following the slope of the hillside put us in a great position to survey an overview of the homestead below where we spent a fair amount of time admiring the landscape before hiking back down through the hollow. For some, though, the fun was just beginning. The kiddies got to go on what seemed to be a thrilling tractor ride around the valley!

Lemon Zest Goat Cheese

I, on the other hand, went back to the snack table to polish off, I mean sample, a teeny bit more yummy goodness before saying our last farewells. I can’t tell you how thrilled and relieved I was that the rain held off so that we could finally visit their little slice of heaven. I felt so at home out in the country. It was a fantastic way to spend the day!

*You may remember a guest post graciously crafted by Cody regarding the benefits of joining a CSA back in January. If you missed it or are not aware of what a CSA is, I strongly encourage you to revisit that post: Fresher Food for Less.

31 comments:

  1. omg that looks and sounds FABULOUS - am dying for a taste now! wow what an amazing day you guys had... thank you for sharing it with us! now send me some goodies! LOL ;-)

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  2. That does look like a gorgeous place...ah those green southern farms...takes me back to when I hiked through southern Virginia on the Appalachian Trail...

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  3. Love your pictures. I grew up spending my summer on a farm and this brought back great memories.

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  4. What amazing colors! That looks so wonderful.

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  5. I love farms! Lovely images.

    xo,
    cristin

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  6. Lookin' tasty. :) Great pics, but where are the pics from the child-like tractor ride? :D

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  7. What a great idea, to offer tours of the farm that your food comes from :-)

    I would have polished off the lemon zest goat cheese!!

    Farmers do work really, really hard. Can you imagine what would be left to eat if we didn't have farmers?? Not much!!

    Love the shot of the homestead with the daisies in the foreground :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  8. Oh my...I was a goner at the second picture...lemon muffins, zucchini pound cake? Heaven. Loved the tour too & I would have been right there with you for the return trip to the goodie table :-) Jane T.

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  9. Thanks for this beautiful farm tour. How nice for you to see where you food is grown. The snacks look great!

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  10. what a wonderful place!! and the food looks yummy too - did they share any recipes?

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  11. What a beautiful place love the weathered barn. Great photos! So fun to see the growing of your food.

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  12. Wow, that's look like a very refreshing and fun way to spend your day! Lucky girl.

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  13. That such an interesting day out. It would be fascinating to see how it all works and the amount of work that goes into running a place like this.

    The landscape is defiantly beautiful and all that fresh homemade food yum yum yum!!

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  14. I am visiting via Hooked on Houses. It is such fun to see your gorgeous photos~yum!

    Please drop by and enter my giveaway.

    Have a blessed weekend!

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  15. I would love to have a place like that near us!!

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  16. I myself am very distracted by the snacks. :) Very curious about the dilly beans now!

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  17. beautiful photos--i truly appreciate farmers, too. our little garden is so much work, i can't imagine how non-stop it must be on a farm

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  18. what a true and right spot on the earth ~thank you so much for sharing your artistic images of this pretty place

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  19. beautiful day at the farm

    Here’s my photo story. happy Friday!

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  20. What a perfect way to spend a perfect day! I feel like I was there.

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  21. That's my heaven, right there.

    As always, brilliant.

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  22. Those are some gorgeous pics! I am so hungry now after reading that!

    It's amazing all the time and effort that a farmer puts in, but fresh is best!

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  23. These photographs are amazing! The greenery comes alive and goat cheese never looked so good!

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  24. I do remember Cody's post so this post was a special follow-up. All of your photos are spectacular (I bet the owners are gonna love these) and my favorite is the look down to the homestead. That is such rich, beautiful countryside.

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  25. Awesome new look. It makes your pics pop. *high five*

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  26. The photos are amazing. The food just jumps off the page.

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  27. what amazing photos....the hillside is out of this world fabulous !

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  28. deliciously gorgeous. who wouldn't want food from there.

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  29. How lovely! Unfortunately, I don't think our CSA is that organized! ;-)

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  30. you document it so well and with feeling for your subject that it almost makes me want to go out and join our own version of Creeksong! but alas we continue to grow our own food and try to live with peaceably the neighborhood thugs who are constantly threatening and stealing our food. the raccoons who fight at night, clawing each other's eyes out, the doe who brings along her passel of fawns to devour every head of lettuce in one fell swoop and the skunks who seem to have made a habit out of galumphing around at night so that we cross our fingers and pray that no cat or raccoon will scare the livin' daylights out of him.

    you have captured and posted such great shots of this day! i can see it was rewarding on many counts :)
    xo

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  31. sounds like something i would absolutely love to be a part of - especially the sampling of the food. the lavender shortbread and lemon zest goat cheese sound good to me.
    beautiful photos

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