We went to the Farmers’ Market with Chef Ian (who is my cousin, by the way!) and met lots of farmers and learned some about all the different foods they grow in Ohio and even some about how they grow the food.
But I know something about what food is grown around here anyway, because I go fruit picking with my family every year!
After school gets out in June it’s time to go pick strawberries. There are a few different farms we have gone to, and sometimes it can be pretty muddy out in the fields. You have to stoop over the whole time to pick them, but you get to eat a lot of berries while you work! (Don’t tell on us!)
Sometimes we pick raspberries and blackberries, too, but strawberries are our favorite. We like to eat them with yogurt or ice cream (or maybe just with a little powdered sugar?) and to make strawberry jam to spread on biscuits or good old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
In August this summer we were driving home from Girl Scout camp and stopped to pick blueberries. This was the first time we did this…picking blueberries is easier than strawberries because you don’t have to bend over as much! The farm we went to had all the berry bushes covered with nets, and they had speakers playing bird noises in the field. We figured out the nets were to keep birds from eating up all the berries, but had to ask the farmer about the bird noises. He explained that the actual noises they played were common Ohio birds like Robins and Grackles (whatever a Grackle is?), but the calls were what these birds cry out when there is danger around. The idea is that if a Robin flies in looking for some yummy blueberries, it will think there is a coyote or something near and decide to keep going. Pretty clever!
Now that Fall is here it will be time to pick apples soon! We always have fun climbing up in the trees looking for perfect apples, and some of the farms we’ve gone to outside Columbus have neat play areas and corn mazes and straw slides, too. Getting fresh cider in the Fall is always a special treat. It’s really good warmed up on a chilly day! Don’t tell again, but we eat some apples while we’re picking them, too!
Of course, it is almost time to go out and find perfect pumpkins for Halloween. That’s always fun because we get to ride on a hay wagon to get out in the pumpkin field.
So like I said, I already knew about some of the food that farmers grow around here!