Maggie's Farm

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Fun, educational, kid friendly

By: Kathee Metz    (Mar 3, 2012)

I have 2 boys, aged 2 and 3 when we joined the Maggie's Farm. I was worried the boys would be in the way, but Marge said no, please bring 'em. Well, the boys loved it. Sometimes they actually helped-Jack, the 3 year old, planted a bean in a pot, put it in the dirt when it was big enough and then finally picked it and brought it home. Have you ever heard 4 year old ASK FOR MORE BEANS?!? It is amazing. And when the boys aren't actually ..."helping"...they still are able to water the gardens and play trains with the produce trays.

We had so many tomatoes we made our own ketchup. I had no idea that it takes almost a bushel of tomatoes to make a quart of ketchup! It took forever to boil down but it was cool to have ketchup with a pinch of salt and no sugar at all. Check the label next time you buy ketchup-you will be amazed at the sugar and sodium content.

I have never preserved anything, canning, drying or freezing. After weeding along side of some veteran gardeners, I had enough produce (and moral support) to ask the grandma across the street to help me with canning. She was thrilled to be asked and not only loaned me her gear; she gave up an afternoon and showed me how to use it. I have proudly "put up" salsa, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, and apple sauce. I am tickled pink!

My husband originally balked at the cost, but I sent him on a few trips to the Kroger produce department and he realized what a great deal this works out to be. Plus, our boys not only see, but FEEL, where food comes from. We tried a garden at home, but we don't get enough sun, and we could never come close the variety.

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