On Friday we had the special treat of going out to Oliver Creek Farm to hang out with my friend Justine, her daughter, Rachael, and the Struckmanns. (You can read all about my first visit with some background and links here!) It was a gorgeous day to be outside!
The last time we visited the garden was still in winter mode, so we were excited to see all that Justine grows!
She had dozens of herbs with a variety of medicinal and nutritional benefits as well as culinary herbs like stevia! I had never tried a fresh stevia leaf before, but boy, was it sweet!
The kids loved picking ripe black raspberries for our lunch! They were SO GOOD warm from the sunshine right off the vines!
Mazen has never been interested in raspberries, but he tried them and loved them!
We also picked lettuce and some herbs for our lunch salads.
The kids were excited to taste the lettuce right from the garden and had some at lunch too.
Then it was time for lunch! YAY!
Justine sautéed garlic scapes and beef from the farm. They offer beef shares in a variety of quantities, including a ground-beef butcher box, and if you’re interested you can get in touch through Facebook! The farm’s beef is 100% grass-fed, and there are no biosolids, herbicides or pesticides on their fields. Justine topped the steaks homemade herb butter! The beef tasted amazing — tender and rich and buttery!
We had lunch on the porch and enjoyed steak salads (everything in them was from the farm!), homemade kombucha, and berries.
For a sweet treat, Justine had made some frozen black raspberry puree from the berries she picked the day before and blended them in the Vita-mix with whole milk yogurt to make little smoothies (“milk shakes”) for the kids.
They were so fresh!
We were rushing to get Sawyer home for his nap, so I didn’t get a girls’ picture, sadly. We had such a lovely time visiting the farm! Follow along on Justine’s Instagram.