The Berry Ranch: A Store In a Barn
Zuchinni, strawberry syrup, farm fresh eggs and local honey are just a few things that drew me to visit this little farm today. Sadie and I were excited to see if they had an U-pick berries. Sadly, the heat this year has taken a toll and the picking season was really short. But we were still able to stock up on some fresh veggies and sample fruit that grows on the farm.
As you drive up to the property you need to look for signs. This is located off US-20 which is an extremely busy highway with lots of big rigs and you can easily drive past this place with the pressure of the large trucks creeping up behind you. Follow the signs and pull in to the property andpark in the small dirt lot. Be careful if you bring kids with you. There is a tree swing and some yard toys to play with however this is Idaho you guys. Sadie and I almost walked right through a huge spider web that had been dangling down off of the tree with a spider hanging out. Just to your right is the entrance to the store. Its the cutest entrance with flowers and bushes growing up a trellis and a naturally distressed welcome sign. Inside the little store you can find large freezers with pasture fed beef, lamb, and poultry. There are large produce bins that hold huge piles of the latest crop if you aren’t going to do U-pick. Leave the debit cards in the car, this little place only takes cash or check.
Sadie and I strolled the front part of the property checking out the old farm equipment they had. She sat on the swing under the shady tree in the front and swung for a bit. While I spend a lot of time homesick since the move, its moments like these I’m thankful to be here.My kids will grow up where kids actually go outside to play. They will know that nature is respected here and there are so many untouched places to explore. There is a normalcy here about buying your food from a farm, or buying fresh meat that was raised at a farm down the street. Living a healthy lifestyle is important to folks here.
So if you find yourself traveling down US-20 heading towards Nampa, stop by. Pick up some fresh berries or local honey. You are supporting someones family when you shop local. Do you want to know what you can make with fresh berries? Check out my post on making fresh Boysenberry Sauce.