Visit to Eden Creek Farm in Blooming Grove, TX
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.
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!
And here are a few of the characters living on the farm…
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!