A few weeks ago my family and I visited Miller Farms in Platteville, CO. Miller Farms is working farm that invites the public to come in and enjoy the fall harvest every year. For $60 for our family of four, we were given 20 bags to fill with as many vegetables as we could pick! Twenty bags is way too much – we could only drum up about 12 bags of loot and we worked hard… really hard!
Upon arriving at Miller Farm, you’re whisked away in a tracker for a fun hayride to your first destination. The driver takes you to various spots throughout the farm so you can pick various goodies. This was so exciting for us to experience – we had never picked vegetables before and we certainly had never been on a hayride before either. What an amazing experience!
Before I arrived, I read a few pointers on the website – and boy was I glad I did. You must wear lots of sunscreen (if it’s warm), bring a hat to cover your face and neck, and bring gardening gloves for everyone in your party. You are going to be digging in the dirt and picking vegetables from the ground – you want gloves! It was really hot the day we went – so we were sweaty and dirty – but at least our hands were clean! Also bring plenty of water – you’re working hard in the wide open fields!
Our tracker stopped at four different locations and stayed for a good 30 minutes at each. While it sounds like a long day, it went by so fast because we were having so much fun!
At the end of our trip, our 12 loot bags included:
- Mini pumpkins
- Spaghetti squash
- Mini eggplants
- Mini red peppers
The kids could not wait for me to go home and cook up something good!
Unfortunately, I don’t have an exact recipe to share, but when you make soup, a good rule of thumb is to just throw in everything you can find to make it taste yummy and be oh-so-good for you!
For my Miller Soup, I combined gluten free chicken broth, chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces, diced potatoes, one-half finely grated/minced onion, two minced garlic cloves, diced carrots and kale torn into bite-sized pieces all in a large pot. I added a little salt and pepper to taste and served up this delicious and hearty soup to my family. It was so yummy and filled our tummies with farm fresh goodness. We affectionately call the soup, Miller Farms Soup. (I have to admit, the kids picked out the kale from the soup – but I couldn’t get enough of it!)
If you’re looking for a fun fall experience, and want to experience a real working farm, considering visiting Miller Farms here in Colorado or find a farm near you. Get ready to work hard and have so much fun!
- Gluten Free chicken broth (as much as needed to cover all the other ingredients)
- 2-4 chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3-4 diced potatoes
- 1/2 finely grated/minced onion
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 3-4 diced carrots
- 3-4 leaves of kale torn into bite-sized pieces
- Salt and pepper to taste
Combine broth, chicken breasts, potatoes, onion, garlic cloves, carrots and kale in a large pot. Bring to a boil.
Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
Cook on a rolling boil for 30-40 minutes,
Serve it up hot!