06 April 2009

Gone Organic - Part 2



We had fun going up and down the rows of strawberry patches, trying to get at the reddest, biggest strawberries. Actually, the strawberries were not that big, but boy, were they juicy and sweet. The soil around the strawberry patches was covered in plastic and there were times when we just stuffed the strawberries directly into our mouths (yes, without washing them first)! After we picked our fill, we headed back to rinse the strawberries. We made the mistake of putting a pile of strawberries into a plastic bag and then filling the bag with water to swish off the dirt. The owner saw us do this and agonized over how we were "bruising" the strawberries. She showed us how we could simply rinse them quickly and explained that because these are organic, they really do not need as much cleaning as the ones that have pesticides sprayed all over them.

It was pretty relaxing with us sitting and just feasting on strawberries, while the kids ran around playing with the soil, checking out the bunnies, running up and down the rows of veggies, etc.

At one point, the owner suggested that we let the kids dig up carrots and brought out little shovels. She showed us how to dig around the sides to loosen up the soil so that we could easily pull out the carrot. It was really fun. The kids had a fun time digging (although we had to be careful that they didn't hit the carrots and break them) and we helped them yank out the carrots. The carrots came in different colors: orange, white, green, purple. We just rinsed off the dirt and took a bite. It tasted really sweet and oh-so-fresh. I'm not that into carrots, unless it's shredded or in juice form, but if all carrots taste like these, I'd gladly have them every day.

I wish we had more time, but I could tell the kids were getting really tired. We hadn't even explored the other side of the farm, where we could pick our own cherry tomatoes, ears of corn, etc. We will definitely be going back.

Before leaving, I decided to get some fresh produce, seeing as we were there already. I got some lemon grass, cherry tomatoes, watercress, corn, and kangkung. Oh, we also got the carrots we had dug up. She charged us HK$10 per carrot, HK$15 per ear of corn. The cherry tomatoes were HK$25 for a small box. I can't remember how much the watercress and the kangkung went for, but they were not cheap. Price aside, these were the freshest, best-tasting food ever.

In the coming months, the farm has the following "festivals" lined up:
Corn, Cherry Tomato, Watermelon.

Fees
The farm charges an entrance fee of HK$20 per person. Seniors over 65 and children under 3 go in for free. Visitor whose birthdays fall during the month of visit also get to go in free-of-charge.

For picking strawberries (unlimited, but have to be consumed within the premises), the fee is HK$100 per person.

You can also get a "hotpot" meal with any vegetable that you pick from the farm. They provide the soup base and sauces. You pick the veggies, you do the "cooking." For this, the fee is HK$150 per person.

Vegetables and fruits that you pick and want to take home are charged by the weight, usually. Prices vary.


Details
Name of the farm: Hok Tau Potted Organic Vegetable (
鶴藪有機盆栽蔬果)
Address: Hok Tau Grange(粉嶺鶴藪村鶴藪排)
Contact person: Mr. Kwok (郭先生)
Tel. No.: 2674 6638

1 COMMENTS:

Lindy said...

You have way more patience than me...I wish I had it in me to do more things like this!

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