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Visit to Eden Creek Farm in Blooming Grove, TX

June 11, 2011

Nicole & Liz holding baby chicks

Two of our Urban Acres staffers, Liz and Chef Nicole, traveled out to Blooming Grove, TX recently to visit our friends at Eden Creek Farm. Eden Creek is owned by Steve and Kristine Orth, an incredibly energetic and friendly couple that loves growing and sharing food.  Eden Creek is where many of our amazing herbs and the ridiculously juicy peaches are grown.  They also have a menagerie of animals with fun names like Betina the calf, Squeaky the squirrel, and the triplet goats Butters, Noodle, and Doodle, who like to eat people’s shirts.

Liz and Nicole documented their trip so we could share it with you.  We hope you enjoy learning a little more about where your food comes from.

The first thing you should know is that Steve Orth is a master gardener specializing in edible landscaping, so a visit to Eden Creek is almost always characterized by a leisurely walk through their land, pausing to stoop down and pick some tart wild plums or sweet wild persimmons.  Steve is also known to tear leaves off various plants, hand them to you, and say, “Here taste it! What does it taste like?” as he awaits your answer in childlike expectation. Lemon mint and edible hibiscus are just a few of the goodies you can taste while walking through their farm.

Steve Orth with a chicken

During their tour of the Orth’s fields, Nicole and Liz were able to help pick some potatoes.  Some of the other items they’re current growing are leeks, carrots, and greens.  Yum!

Potato diggin'

Potato pickin'

And here are a few of the characters living on the farm…

They have two sets of baby pigs – one set just born a few weeks ago. The breed is Red Waddled Hogs, which are critically endangered.
Gratuitous duck photo

Nicole with a baby chick. The shirt says GRASS-FED and is from Company Café in Dallas.

Eden Creek Farm in Blooming Grove, TX from Urban Acres on Vimeo.

About their farm visit, Liz said, “Steve and Kristine were so kind and generous, I can’t wait to go back!”

In fact, we might be organizing a small (8-10 people) morning trip out to Eden Creek soon so volunteers can help the Orths put a roof on their greenhouse and help with other tasks around the farm.  If you’re interested, let us know!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2011 8:48 am

    Jason and I would probably be up for it! -Carrie

  2. Pam Rogers permalink
    June 30, 2011 9:52 am

    I am becoming a more adept home renovation gal an would enjoy the chance to help with the greenhouse roof and other arm chores. Let me know! Thanks, Pam

  3. Sarah permalink
    December 13, 2011 9:56 am

    Awesome. Is your produce organic?

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